The International American Accreditation Service (IAS) provides objective evidence that an organization operates at the highest level of ethical, legal and technical standards.

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IAS Accreditation

IAS is a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation that has been providing accreditation services since 1975. IAS accredits a wide range of companies and organizations including governmental entities, commercial businesses, and professional associations. It’s accreditation programs are based on recognized national and international standards that ensure domestic and/or global acceptance of its accreditations. IAS receives funding revenue through the provision of accreditation services, and the renewal of these services, as well as training offerings.  These revenues are further used to participate and engage in developing industry based accreditation programs, domestic and international  schemes including participation in standards development. Also maintains signatory status in a number of global multilateral recognition arrangements under Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC), International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). the American Accreditation is a member of the ICC Family of Solutions.


International Credentials

As one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States, IAS is a signatory to the three primary international organizations that form a unified system for evaluating and recognizing competent accreditation bodies worldwide. These organizations are identified as “cooperation’s” because they have agreed to cooperate with one another by adhering to a common set of accreditation criteria and to undergo periodic onsite evaluation to determine ongoing compliance with ISO/IEC Standard 17011, General Requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies (CABs). Being a “signatory” means that an accreditation body has been evaluated onsite at its offices, a sampling of the assessments of its accredited entities have been witnessed by peer experts, and that it has been found to comply with international requirements.

These organizations agree to recognize the equivalence of accreditations granted by other signatory member accreditation bodies through a series of Mutual (or Multilateral) Recognition Arrangements (MRAs/MLAs). Once an accreditation body becomes a signatory it is obligated to recognize the certificates or reports issued by conformity assessment bodies accredited by all other signatories within a specified scope. The following organizations below make up the unified system for recognition of competent accreditation bodies (ABs).

INTERNATIONAL LABORATORY ACCREDITATION COOPERATION (ILAC)

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INTERNATIONAL LABORATORY ACCREDITATION COOPERATION (ILAC)

MRA – ABs involved in the accreditation of testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers and reference material producers. IAS is a MRA signatory for testing, calibration, and inspection..


INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION FORUM (IAF)

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MLA – ABs involved in the accreditation of management systems, certification of persons, and certification of product, process and services. IAS is a MLA signatory for Certification of Persons (IPC), Product Certification (Global G.A.P.), and Management System Certification (QMS, EMS, OHSMS, ISMS, EnMS, FSMS and MDQMS).


ASIA PACIFIC ACCREDITATION COOPERATION (APAC)

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MRA – The Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) was established on 1 January 2019 by the amalgamation of two former regional accreditation cooperation – the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC). The MRA facilitates the acceptance of conformity assessment results (e.g. test reports, test certificates, inspection reports, and certification) across the region and with other regions around the world. IAS is a MRA signatory for Testing, Calibration, Inspection, Certification of Persons, Product Certification, and Management System Certification.


INTER-AMERICAN ACCREDITATION COOPERATION (IAAC)

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Full Member – The InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) is a regional association of accreditation bodies and other organizations interested in conformity assessment in the Americas. The IAAC was created in 1996, in Montevideo, Uruguay, and was incorporated in 2001 as a civil association according to Mexican law. IAAC is a not-for-profit body that functions based on cooperation by its members and interested parties. IAAC’s basic documents are the Memorandum of Understanding and Bylaws. IAS was accepted as an IAAC full member by the General Assembly on May 26, 2021.


International Accreditation Service (IAS) Vision, Mission and Quality Policy

Vision

To protect lives and property through accreditation of competent organizations providing services, products, and oversight worldwide.

Mission

To provide the highest quality accreditation services for all concerned with public safety and sustainability through the principle of “One Test, One Inspection, One Certification Worldwide.”

Quality Policy

International Accreditation Service (IAS) is committed to operating its accreditation programs and related services in compliance with ISO/IEC Standard 17011, national and international conformity assessment requirements and the needs and requirements of its customers. Through regular internal audits, management reviews, customer surveys and other relevant measures, IAS will strive to maintain a consistent culture of quality, professionalism and competence.


Advantages of IAS Accreditation

  • Marketing Advantage: Because IAS accreditation is highly respected and recognized as a reliable indicator of technical competence, our accredited clientele use it to effectively market their services. IAS accreditation can be used by companies or organizations to improve the quality of their services or products thereby improving their public image and marketability. Most industries routinely specify that companies maintain accreditation by a nationally recognized accreditation body such as IAS.
  • Prompt, Personal Service: Getting accredited is your goal – Having a positive experience while you are pursuing accreditation is a big plus. Exceptional service is what you receive when you pursue accreditation with IAS. We are sensitive to your needs and work hard to meet them.
  • Time and Cost Saving: Organizations involved in conformity assessment can improve their processes using input gained from onsite assessment and by learning about best practices from experienced IAS assessors and peer evaluators. Ultimately, accreditation results in reduced cost, time savings and improvement of products and services.
  • Competency: IAS accreditation provides evidence that companies render competent services in line with national and international standards.
  • Confidence: IAS’s international recognition and reputation with industry provides complete confidence in the quality and competence of its services.
  • International Recognition: Through a system of international arrangements with organizations including APLAC, ILAC, PAC, and IAF, the services of IAS-accredited companies are readily accepted in overseas markets. This recognition reduces costs for manufacturers, importers, and exporters that have their products tested, inspected, or certified by IAS-accredited entities eliminating the need for retesting, reinspection, or recertification in another country. The certificates of accreditation for all IAS-accredited entities are available for public viewing on the IAS web site.
  • Outstanding Quality of Assessments: IAS places tremendous importance on the training of its assessors. This leads to high levels of assessor competency, technical expertise, and value-added assessments.
  • Enhanced Knowledge Base: With its excellent knowledge base and teams of technical experts, IAS helps to improve the quality of work performed by its accredited companies.

The Accreditation Process

IAS accredits organizations by verifying their technical competence and assessing their quality management systems based on recognized industry standards.

The accreditation process begins with the customer’s submittal of an application, applicable fees, and documentation cited in the applicable IAS accreditation criteria.

An IAS accreditation officer partners with each customer throughout the accreditation process, beginning with a review of the submitted data and the requested scope of accreditation.

Once the data has been reviewed and determined to comply with the applicable criteria, IAS matches an assessment team, comprising quality system, technical, and subject matter experts, to the requested scope of accreditation. The team conducts an on-site assessment and develops an assessment report.

After satisfying IAS accreditation requirements and demonstrating technical competence, the customer receives an accreditation certificate.


Who Does IAS Accredit?

IAS accredits a wide range of companies and organizations involved in conformity assessment activities such as testing, inspection, certification, fabrication, code compliance and enforcement.

A pioneer in the accreditation profession, IAS actively develops new accreditation programs for organizations seeking to demonstrate the highest level of competence and service in their respective industries.

The IAS accreditation process provides objective evidence that an organization operates at a high level of organizational, legal and technical standards.

IAS bases its programs on internationally recognized standards in order to ensure worldwide acceptance of your accreditation.

The accreditation criteria have been developed by IAS to provide all interested parties with guidelines for implementing performance features of the applicable standards referenced in the accreditation criteria. The criteria were developed following public hearings conducted by the IAS Accreditation Committee.

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