Accreditation body and Regional Accreditation Group members of IAC are admitted to the IAC MLA only after a most stringent evaluation of their operations by a peer evaluation team which is charged to ensure that the applicant member complies fully with both the international standards and IAC requirements. Once an accreditation body is a signatory of the IAC MLA it is required to recognise the certificates issued by conformity assessment bodies accredited by all other signatories of the IAC MLA, with the appropriate scope.

The IAC MLA consists of a five level arrangement, with levels two and three constituting the Main scope and levels 4 and 5 constituting the Sub-scope. More information on the structure of the MLA can be found under IAC PR 4: Structure of the IAC MLA and Endorsed Normative Documents in Procedures Documents (PR Series).

The IAC MLA relies heavily on the MLAs of Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups such as the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and the InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), as it is these groups that perform the majority of the peer evaluation activity, not the IAC.

To gain confidence in the work of the Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups, the IAC evaluates and accepts the process and outcomes of their MLAs for main scopes such as ISO/IEC 17021-1 (Management Systems) and ISO/IEC 17065 (Product) and related sub-scopes.

Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups are evaluated every four years by the IAC. Membership of the IAC MLA is recognised as being satisfied by membership of any of the Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups’ MLAs, within the recognised sub-scopes.

IAC is encouraging more of its accreditation body and Regional Accreditation Group members to join the MLA as soon as they have passed a rigorous evaluation process to ensure that their accreditation programs are of world standard. The consequence of joining the IAC MLA is that conformity assessment certificates issued within the sub-scopes of the IAC MLA by conformity assessment bodies accredited by an accreditation body IAC MLA signatory will be recognised in the worldwide IAC program.

Contact details of the accreditation bodies and Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups which are signatories to the MLA are listed on the IAC Members pages. Those members which are signatories are denoted by “Date Admitted to the MLA”.

Details of the signatories of the IAC MLA programs at the dates shown are listed in the following document:

IAC MLA Committee Members (IAC MLA MC 17) including MLA Signatories and associated scopes