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Changes to SAN/RA accreditation

January 3, 2017

As of January 1, 2017, the IOAS will no longer be offering accreditation against the Sustainable Agriculture Network and Rainforest Alliance requirements.

As of 1 January 2017, SAN has taken over all assessment functions, concerning those elements of the SAN requirements that go beyond the core requirements of ISO 17065 in its authorization process for new CBs and in the continuing assessment of currently authorized CBs.

IOAS will continue to offer ISO 17065 accreditation services as a recognised accreditation body for those CBs that want to continue using its services, as well as assist SAN in the transition period.

SAN will not offer ISO 17065 accreditation services.

CBs will be required to seek ISO 17065 accreditation separately from the SAN authorization and assessment process.

Candidate CBs seeking SAN authorization will need to be ISO 17065 accredited from a recognized accreditation body before applying. SAN is working with others to define criteria for SAN recognition of accreditation bodies offering ISO 17065 and the management of similar scopes.