Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does my organization become accredited?

ICAS provides an online accreditation process guide – which outlines each stage from enquiry right up to the award of accreditation and maintenance thereafter. The P1 provides you with a Guide to the Accreditation procedures.

2. What are the fees involved to become accredited?

ICAS charges fees for the operation of all its schemes. Fees are set annually and are subject to a yearly review. The Schedule of Fees are available online from the ICAS website. The fees incurred will be based on the assessment effort (number of assessors and time on site) needed.

3. What documents and forms do I need to fill in to become accredited?

All applicants are required to fill in the relevant application form. ICAS provides guidance, policy and mandatory documents which should be read in conjunction with your application all documents and forms are available on the ICAS Website.

4. If there is only 1 person employed in the laboratory, can my org still be accredited? Or does there have to be a minimum amount of employees etc.?

Accreditation is awarded to an organization based on its ability to demonstrate that it is competent and impartial when complying with the relevant international and European standards. There is no minimum requirement.

5. Do ICAS provide Consultancy on the implementation of quality management systems or technical issues?

ICAS does not provide any consultancy service.

6. Can ICAS provide contacts for Consultancy?

ICAS does not provide nor recommends contacts for consultancy services.

7. What is the difference between accreditation and certification?

Certification is the process whereby a system, product or process is confirmed, through audit, to meet specific requirements. Accreditation is the third part confirmation of an organisation’s competence and integrity to perform testing, calibration, inspection and certification services.

8. Can I use the services of an organisation that is accredited by another accreditation body, even though I am based in Ireland?


9. How do I check to see if an organisation is accredited by ICAS?

ICAS has a Directory of Accredited Bodies publically available on our website. Each organisation is listed with details on its scope of accreditation, location, contact details etc.

10. Can I purchase a standard from ICAS? Where do I go to purchase a standard?

ICAS does not sell standards. Standards are available from

11. How can I check if an accredited organisation is accredited for the scope of activity I need?

Log onto the ICAS website, and search the Directory of Accredited Bodies for your Organisation in ICAS egister.

12. If an organisation has resigned/withdrawn their accreditation with ICAS does that mean the certificate is not valid or recognised , even though it was issued when they were ICAS accredited?

Accredited test or calibration or inspection certificates/reports issued by a laboratory or inspection body are valid if the laboratory or inspection body is accredited at the time of the testing/calibration/inspection. Accredited certificates issued by a certification body are only valid within 3 months of the date of withdrawal of the certification body from the ICAS programme.

13. How do I become an assessor?

If you wish to express an interest in becoming an expert on the ICAS Register of Assessors contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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