ICAB MLA - The Purpose of MLA

The purpose of the arrangement, the ICAB Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA), is to ensure mutual recognition of accredited certification between signatories to the MLA, and subsequently acceptance of accredited certification in many markets based on one accreditation.


Accreditations granted by ICAB MLA signatories are recognised worldwide based on their equivalent accreditation programs, therefore reducing costs and adding value to business and consumers.


Accreditation body members of ICAB are admitted to the MLA only after stringent evaluation of their operations by a peer evaluation team.

As a strategic objective, ICAB is committed to increasing the transparency of the peer evaluation process and its outcomes. ICAB and its Accreditation Body members invest significant effort and resource to maintain the integrity and consistency of the MLA through the peer evaluation process.