International Accreditation and Assessment for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture.
The IOAS is a non-profit organisation which was established in 1997 whose sole aim is the continued growth of the organic market by providing a transparent and respected system of assessment of competence of certification bodies against nationally and internationally-agreed standards.
We are committed to providing a quality service of high integrity at the lowest possible costs to certification bodies and work all over the world providing accreditation, equivalence assessment, training and information services .
We currently assess certification bodies with activity in: Organic agriculture and aquaculture, Inputs for organic agriculture, Sustainable agriculture, sustainable fisheries, Social justice, Fair trade, Content claims, Recycled content, Organic and natural cosmetics, Ingredients for organic and natural cosmetics, Inputs for organic textiles, Organic textiles.
Standards for which IOAS Accreditation is offered:
COSMOS (organic and natural cosmetics)
NATRUE standards for organic and natural cosmetics
IFOAM Organics International Norms
ISO/IEC 17065 standards
European Regulation (EC) 834/2007
The Canadian Organic Regime, Organic Products Regulations of 2009
Global Organic Textiles standards
Textile Exchange accreditation
The IOAS also works in partnership with the American National Standards Institute for a range of food safety schemes including GlobalGAP.
We are a member of ISEAL, the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation and are designated by the CFIA as a Conformity Verification Body under the Canada Organic Regime.
NATRUE AISBL (an international non-profit association) based in Brussels is The International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association, whose objective is to ensure the availability of quality natural and organic cosmetic products for consumers worldwide.
From October 2013, NATRUE launched a formal and independent accreditation scheme to provide even greater assurance to the NATRUE label.