Cost & Timeframe for Accreditation

Common Questions about Cost and Timeframes

These are common questions asked by applicants seeking IACAB accreditation. There is no one precise answer, but the following information provides the factors that can effect the costs and timeframes associated within Achieving accreditation from IACAB:


How much will accreditation cost?

The costs of accreditation differ based on the following factors:

  • Size of the body seeking accreditation
  • The complexity of the organisation, as this will have an effect on assessment durations
  • The number of sites from which services are offered
  • The number of schemes and standards that the body wishes to be accredited for
  • The technical scope that the body is seeking accreditation for, that is the number of technical sectors
  • The number of countries that the body wishes to be accredited for

These factors will affect the number and type of assessments to be undertaken during the initial assessment and for ongoing surveillance.

Once accredited, the annual fees and certificate fees will be charged. These are published through our accreditation manual, available to all applicant and accredited bodies.


How long will it take for our organisation to become accredited after we apply?

The length of time that it will take to gain accreditation will be dependent on how well prepared the applicant is. The major issues that we encounter with applications that extend out the timeframes include:

  • Poor quality documentation. As a document review against the accreditation requirements is undertaken prior to an on-site assessment poor documentation may mean that there are several nonconformities that need to be addressed before the application can be progressed.
  • Lack of evidence of implementation of the structural requirements of the accreditation criteria. The criteria require particular structures to be formed, such as mechanisms to ensure impartiality. We often find that there is a lack of understanding around these requirements, and poor implementation.
  • Lack of evidence implementation of procedures. This is often detected at the initial assessment, where practices and procedures just do not match, and so nonconformities are raised that need to be addressed before accreditation can be granted.

If all is in good order, IACAB can usually schedule the first visit within three months of receipt of application, with the complete process taking between 6-8 months from application to accreditation.


Fees Structure

The fee structure is based on the following criteria:

  • Application Fee
  • Program Fee
  • Assessment Fee
  • Certification Fee


Application Fee
This is the Initial Amount which has be remitted by the applicant Organization to proceed with desired accreditation program. This shall be paid in Advance.

Program Fee
Program fee is the Amount paid for the desired Accreditation, and does not include Assessment, Travel , Lodging & Boarding and Translation fees etc .

Assessment Fee
Amount Paid for the involvement of auditor and Technical expert or other required Resources.

Certification Fee
This amount is paid per Certificate issued by the organizations.

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