IRIA Accreditation is defined as a finite, legally recognized process, managed by an independent party, based on the background, experience and credibility of court recognized, subject matter (professional) experts, whereby an entity (Certifying Body or CB) with multiple factors ( i.e. a course, procedure, a process, an organization, an institution) attains a standard of performance (meets a professional Standard) determined by the recognized independent party by meeting specific, objective, competency based, legally accepted criteria.

Accreditation is a must for certifying bodies, as a quality assurance process in which confirmation of competency, authority, or credibility is endorsed by the IRIA board.

The accreditation process ensures that CB practices are acceptable, typically meaning that they are competent to test and certify third parties, behave ethically and employ suitable quality management systems and that these are demonstrated and implemented to the satisfaction of the IRIA.