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IRCA acceptable alternative standards

This page lists all the alternative standards we currently accept towards IRCA certification and explains the process of getting a standard accepted as an alternative.

Get the standard you audit to accepted as an alternative

We appreciate that many auditors conduct audits to standards not listed on the IRCA certification scheme list. In some cases, we may accept alternative standards to our certification schemes. If you are auditing to a standard other than one of our registered schemes and wish for it to be registered, you can submit your standard for review.

To begin the review process, please click the link below and complete the enquiry form.

Our membership team will then contact you to discuss the assessment process in more detail. Please be advised that in order to assess an alternative standard we will need to complete a gap analysis, which you, as the party requesting the assessment will be liable to cover the costs of the work.

Acceptable alternative standards

The table below lists the IRCA schemes and the standards currently accepted as alternatives to them for the purpose of applying for membership, regrading and recertification.

IRCA Scheme Alternative standard Date approved Review/Expiry date
ISO 9001:2015 Korea GMP 01 Mar 2023 1 Mar 2028
ISO 9001:2015 ISO 17021:2015 01 Jan 2023 01 Jan 2028
ISO 9001:2015 ISO 19443 01 Jan 2023 01 Jan 2028
ISO 9001:2015 ISO 17020:2012 01 Dec 2022 01 Dec 2027
ISO 9001:2015 BS EN ISO 13485:2016 Medical Devices   01 Apr 2025
ISO 9001:2015 IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Quality Management System (USA)   01 Apr 2025
ISO 9001:2015 Caterpillar Quality Management System 01 Jul 2021 01 Jul 2026
ISO 22000:2018 Hilton Food Group Packaging, Ingredient, Meat and Supplier Standard, Feb 2019 01 Feb 2020 01 Feb 2025
PQMS GMP Uganda Pharmaceutical GMP Standard (INS/GDL/001) 01 Aug 2019 01 Aug 2025
ISO 9001:2015  EFfCI GMP for Cosmetic Ingredients  01-May-23  01-May-2028
ISO 9001:2015 EGBC QMP 01 Aug 2023 01 Aug 2028