Facility Certification Requirements
Companies with manufacturing operations, whether contract or otherwise, are encouraged to obtain IASC Facility Certification. Those companies who utilize contract manufacturers should also encourage their manufacturing partners to become certified in order to defray associated costs, as this will eliminate travel and associated fees, such as an auditor’s travel to the facility each time a new product is to be certified.
Once a facility is certified, individual products manufactured there do not require an on‐site inspection by an IASC authorized auditor. Companies utilizing certified facilities are still required to pay all established fees for individual product certification, and submit the necessary samples, labels, literature, etc., associated with individual product certification. However, as noted prior, auditor travel and related expenses are eliminated.
Facility certification can be obtained in two ways: by on‐site inspection performed by an authorized IASC auditor or by a correspondence audit (available to facilities that maintain current, IASC approved 3rd party certifications as well as meeting all other applicable requirements).
Facility recertification must be completed every 3 years.