The Accreditation Process
The purpose of this document is to outline the process you can expect when you apply for acreditation with INAB.
All relevant documents, forms and fee schedules are available to download from our website.
- Applications are submitted online ONLY,
- Contact us to be issued with a link to access the INAB CRM online system.
- Log on and complete application upload signed statement and relevant documents (Quality Manual).
- The appropriate application fee will be billed on submission of your application.
- An accreditation officer, appointed by the INAB Manager, will contact you once your application has been received and reviewed. Other supporting documentation may be requested at this stage.
- Please expect a lead time of approx 3 months to arrange the first visit to your organisation from receipt of application.
Costs for application fees are outlined in the relevant Schedule of Fees.
A pre-assessment is designed to evaluate your organisation's readiness for full assessment.
The INAB accreditation officer will assemble a peer assessment team appropriate to the scope applied for.
You will be notified of the proposed team prior to the visit.
Typically, a pre-assessment visit takes 1 day.
You will receive a report after the visit outlining the findings of the team
Costs for pre-assessment fees are outlined in the relevant Schedule of Fees
After the pre-assessment the organisation has the opportunity to address the findings of the pre-assessment.
An assessment visit is organised. The duration of the visit and composition of the peer assessment team is dependent upon the scope of accreditation requested.
The assessment determines an organisations compliance with the applicable standard(s), INAB requirements and other mandatory documents. This encompasses quality systems and technical competence.
At the end of the visit the team makes a recommendation on accreditation.
Costs for Assessment fees are outlined in the relevant Schedule of Fees
Clearance of Non Compliances
A normal consequence of an assessment visit is that observations/non-compliances are raised.
The organisation is then required to submit evidence of corrective actions to address any non compliances raised within 3 months of the assessment.
When all corrective actions have been accepted and all non-compliances have been cleared, the peer assessment team's recommendation is presented to the INAB Board.
- This process is managed through the INAB CRM system
Recommendation to the INAB Board
The INAB Board meet approximately 6 times a year.
The INAB Accreditation Officer presents a report containing the recommendation to the Board who then make the decision on accreditation.
If successful, accrediation is awarded for an agreed scope.
Award of Accreditation
Maintenance of Accreditation
An organisation's accreditation is maintained by means of annual surveillance visits.
The first surveillance visit takes place approximately 6 months after accreditation is awarded.
A full re-assessment visit is carried out every 4-5 years.
Unannounced visits may be carried out without prior notice. These visits focuses primarily on the quality system components of the accreditation criteria.
Costs for maintenance of accreditation are outlined in the Schedule of Fees
Extending your Scope of Accreditation