Accredited certifier - Queensland


You will need this accreditation to operate a business that can issue plant health assurance certificates (PHAC). These certificates can be for your produce or, in some cases, on behalf of business. There are 2 certification assurance schemes available for accredited certifiers:

  • Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) scheme
  • Certification Assurance Accreditation (CAA) scheme.

These are nationally accepted systems of plant health certification that allow an accredited certifier to issue biosecurity certificates in accordance with their conditions of accreditation. This is an alternative to certification provided by a biosecurity inspector. The schemes are based on documented operational procedures that the agency has developed to meet the quarantine requirements for moving plants, plant products and related items within Queensland, or to another state or territory.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

A person (or legal entity) may apply to become an accredited certifier. You must demonstrate effective in-house procedures that ensure any material consigned to intrastate or interstate markets meets the specified legal (quarantine) requirements.


Up to 12 months


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Application process


You can apply to become an accredited certifier by completing an application form. A separate application is required for each ICA or CAA arrangement being sought.

An application is made by the legal entity (individual, partnership, company, cooperative, association or other legal entity) that owns and operates the business to be covered by the ICA or CAA arrangement.

All ICA arrangements and some CAA arrangements will be audited by the agency before you are approved as an accredited certifier. Audits systematically examine your business processes, staff, equipment and facilities to verify that it meets the requirements of the operational procedure covering the ICA or CAA arrangement.

Regular scheduled audits will be carried out on all ICA arrangements, and some CAA arrangements. The number and frequency of audits are detailed in each operational procedure.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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