Membership Criteria

APAC is an association of accreditation bodies that accredit the technical competence of conformity assessment bodies (e.g. testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, certification bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers, validation and verification bodies, biobanks, etc.).

Organizations wishing to become an APAC Member or Affiliate are advised to read the Governance (GOV) documents, especially GOV-001 APAC Constitution and GOV-002 APAC Regulations and Codes, and the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) documents under the Publications tab on the APAC website.

In summary, APAC has two classes of membership.

Associate Members are expected to undertake their initial peer evaluation to become Full Members within the first three years of becoming an Associate Member.

Organisations that are not an accreditation body, or not building capacity to become one, may be eligible to become an Affiliate of APAC. Examples of these type of organisations include national accreditation focal points, or organisations that have an interest in accredited conformity assessment results, such as associations of conformity assessment bodies, or organisations representing user interests (e.g. specifiers, regulators).  APAC membership or affiliate status is not available for individual conformity assessment bodies.