About Us At a Glance

What is IACAB and how can it benefit your organization?

The IACAB is a leading independent non-profit corporation with association members, signatories, regional accreditation groups and international observer organizations that accredit conformity assessment bodies in accordance with internationally recognized guides and standards - based on the fundamental principles of accountability, ethical conduct, and commitment to quality.

IACAB also recognizes auditors wishing to demonstrate their competence to various parties internationally conjointly meeting the guidelines and policies set forth by the industrial leaders’ group and overseen by IACAB Governing Board of Advisers. Headquartered in Ontario – Mississauga, Canada, IACAB has wide presence throughout the globe that connects EU, Asia, and other emerging regions to the economy by meeting the growing need for internationally recognized accreditation services to bring an independent oversight impartial of numerous so-called “official” accreditation boards such as ANAB®, International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and their subsidiaries.

IACAB has been a persistent model pioneer in the field of accreditation, well known and respected for its combination of innovative and user-friendly business acumen and its respect for the forceful maintenance of integrity and impartiality that is the hallmark of the quality declaration profession.
IACAB gives conformity assessment bodies the recognition they need to roll-out business in an increasingly global marketplace. Accreditation through IACAB can significantly increase the visibility of Certifying Bodies on the worldwide business scene.

IACAB has been proudly independent and free of political interference. Its market strength lies in not being a government or the nationally appointed accreditation body (NAB) and seek only to benefit its prospective partners and the public by processes of openness, simplicity and technical validation.

Accreditation has many flow-on benefits throughout the market chain for business, regulators and government by:

  • reducing compliance and transaction costs;
  • reducing risk;
  • streamlining operations;
  • breaking down barriers to trade, which provides greater access to foreign markets, and;
  • providing assurance that goods and services sold are safe and can be used for their intended purpose.

These strengthen national and international trade and commerce.

Accreditation adds value to the ever growing and increasingly complicated market chain in many ways, including by providing a symbol of assurance that certifiers and inspectors are independent and competent to perform their duties.

Accredited certification and inspection of products, processes and people—called conformity assessment—has a ripple effect through the market chain, right to the consumer. It gives consumers confidence that their purchases meet specified standards and are quality assured. This includes retailers, wholesalers and individual consumers.

Accreditation is a symbol of assurance—a valuable asset in itself. The IACAB symbol is a mark of quality and reliability. It flags that a certifier or inspector can be counted on to impartially determine if organisations, products and people conform to specified requirements. This gives certifiers, inspectors and their client organisations a competitive edge.

Certification is an impressive business asset but there is sometime a misunderstanding about certification that governments deem it to be mandatory and, secondly, that all certifying bodies have to be accredited by a National and International Accreditation Body, when in fact accreditation remains voluntary.

IACAB is in fact one of the leading international accreditation bodies in the world, respected for its integrity, practicality and impartiality. Its renowned corporation belong to the International Independent Accreditation Forum (iIAF), an international association for accreditation, which promotes best practices in quality assurance worldwide and we pride ourselves on being technically outstanding without being overly formal or stuffy.

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