The formal process of assessment and audit of a Management System undertaken by an accredited Certification Body to verify it's conformance to the specifications of an International Standard.

Why Accredited Evaluation

Certification Body accreditation by IAA ensures that they are regularly assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability in undertaking Management Systems Certifications against the specifications of International Standards.

Certification and Global Trade

Certification is applied on a worldwide basis to facilitate the breaking down of technical barriers to trade. It is important for suppliers of goods and services to be assessed and audited by independent accredited Certification Bodies to ensure their Management Systems conform to International Standards.

World trading agreements e.g. compliance with EU Directives and the WTO TBT (World Trade Organisation Technical Barriers to Trade) Agreement further enforces the importance of the work undertaken by accredited Certification Bodies.

Certification is a legal requirement in certain industries and many tenders and contracts require suppliers to have certified quality management systems in place.

Benefits of Certifications

Certification ensures that appropriate management systems are meet relevant international standards thereby, ensuring consistency of products and services being produced and supplied through the implementation of continuous quality assurance processes.

IAA accredited Certification Bodies, give confidence to suppliers, customers and consumers of certified companies. Companies of all sizes and industry sectors choose independent certifications either through choice to reduce the risk, or as a consequence of legal requirements such as health and safety regulations. The most common certifications are those covering quality management systems.

IAA Accreditation Symbol

The IAA symbol of accreditation is only available to accredited Certification Bodies. This Mark allows prospective users of accredited certification services to gain significant competitive advantage over their competitors:

  • More satisfied Customers
  • Lower costs and wastage
  • Higher profits
  • Able to meet Tender and Contractual requirements
  • Compliance with Supply Chains
  • Market access for companies wishing to export to other countries
  • Due Diligence through external independent assessment and audit


Application for IAA Accreditation

If you would like to apply for accreditation to become an IAA accredited Certification Body, please use the contact form to register your interest and we will contact you about making an application for accreditation.

IAA Accreditation Fees for Certification Bodies
Accreditation Application Fee £15,000 (non-refundable)
Registration Fee £10,000
Annual Assessment Fee £10,000
On-going Membership Fees 5% of Annual Turnover
Training Courses Fees calculated after submission of full Training Course

Accreditation Application Fee

The IAA’s application fee for certification bodies applying for international accreditation is a non-refundable fee which is payable before application and covers the initial assessment process undertaken by the IAA.


Registration Fee

Once a certification body has made a successful application, a one-off registration fee is payable to become fully accredited and receive on-going support from the IAA.

Annual Assessment Fee

The annual assessment fee is payable before the annual assessment takes place and is required to maintain the certification bodies’ accreditation registration. In addition to the assessment fee, reasonable travel and accommodation fees are payable for the IAA’s assessment team undertaking the assessment.

On-going Membership Fees

The IAA has a set fee for on-going membership which is calculated at 5% of each year’s turnover payable in one amount three months after the previous year’s trading has taken place.

IAA Associates

For its accreditation and training related services, the IAA has at its disposal various experienced Associates, each with their own area of expertise.