About Us - About ICAB

ICAB is a global network of accreditation bodies and other organisations involved in conformity assessment activities. Its key roles include :


- to develop and harmonize accreditation practices across the world; and

- to promote accreditation as an effective mechanism for providing confidence in goods and services, which is essential to global trade facilitation.

There are two different categories of Membership to the ICAB:

ICAB Signatories
Accreditation body members of ICAB achieve ICAB Signatory status after a full evaluation of their operations by a peer evaluation team, which is tasked to ensure that the applicant member complies fully with both the international standards and ICAB requirements. Once an accreditation body is a signatory of the ICAB, it is required to recognise and promote certificates issued by certification bodies accredited by all other signatories with the scope of the ICAB.

Associate Members / Observer Organisations

Associate Members / Observers are granted Special Recognition status where ICAB believes it is in the best interests of Members to develop closer relationships with another body. This includes key stakeholder organisations, such as standards bodies, industry representations and regulatory bodies.