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ISO/IEC 17065 & other Assessment and Accreditation

Date first offered: 2003

Scheme owner: The IOAS is a specialist accreditation and assessment body focusing its efforts to build sustainable futures for people and the planet. We therefore offer assessment and accreditation of certification bodies applying a standard which complements and does not contradict the IOAS mission. This means that the IOAS is open to applications that involve organic and sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, social justice, fair trade and related themes. We are currently assessing certification bodies with activity in the following areas:

  • Organic agriculture and aquaculture
  • Inputs for organic agriculture
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Social justice
  • Fair trade
  • Content Claims
  • Recycled content
  • Organic and natural cosmetics
  • Ingredients for organic and natural cosmetics
  • Organic textiles
  • Inputs for organic textiles

The IOAS are willing to consider other sectors and we invite certification bodies or scheme owners to consult with us. A decision to proceed or not may require considerable study and ultimately consultation with the IOAS Board of Directors. Nevertheless we are happy to receive requests of this nature and to discuss your requirements.

Scheme requirements

The requirement for accreditation of product certification is normally assessment against ISO/IEC 17065 plus any additional sector requirements that may have been described by the scheme owner or the certification body itself. Some scheme owners have however opted to develop their own requirements or based them on the International Requirements for Organic Certification Bodies where this seems more relevant. The IOAS may not accept an application if, in its view, there is a lack of sector specific requirements that result in a lack of credibility of the certification.

The application from the certification body must designate and supply the standard against which the products will be assessed and declare whether the complete standard or parts thereof are applied. These details will define the scope of the accreditation which will be made clear in the accreditation certificate we issue and in any public statement.

Once the IOAS have agreed with you that your standard is in the scope of IOAS work, the first step to accreditation is to complete the general IOAS application form.

The IOAS ISO17065 Operating Manual provides full guidance on implementation of this scheme.

You may also be interested to know that UTZ sustainable agriculture certification scheme for coffee, tea, cocoa and hazelnut works in partnership with certification bodies around the world. UTZ requirements for CBs are that the CB must be ISO/IEC 17065 accredited by a Body such as the IOAS (an Accreditation Body full member of ISEAL Alliance).


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