IFOAM Accreditation is primarily a means of ensuring fair and orderly trade of organic products. It is in this sense a service for the trade and producers as well as for certifiers. IFOAM Accreditation facilitates equivalency of organic certification bodies worldwide by confirming whether they meet IFOAM's international norms.
A list of certification bodies currently accredited under one of the IFOAM Accreditation Programs can be found here.
IFOAM Accreditation is the only fully international accreditation program for certification bodies active in organic agriculture. The accreditation is carried out by the IOAS.
IFOAM Accreditation Requirements for Bodies Certifying Organic Production and Processing are part of the IFOAM Norms (Chapter IV).
IFOAM advocates for recognition of its accreditation program by governments.
Recommendations on how governments can regulate the import of organic products based on the concept of equivalence, using the IFOAM accreditation program, is explained under the IFOAM Policy Brief on Imports.