Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) / Compliance Arrangement (CA) Accreditation - South Australia


You can apply for this accreditation to operate a business that can issue Plant Health Assurance Certificates (PHAC). A PHAC is taken as evidence of compliance with quarantine requirements for interstate and intrastate trade. You can apply for this accreditation if you frequently move goods (plants, fruit or vegetables) interstate or between quarantine zones and require a PHAC.

The Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) scheme is a national scheme based upon quality assurance principles, that accredits a business (e.g. grower) to operate an ICA Arrangement and issue their own PHAC's for exporting produce to other States.

These PHAC's issued by ICA Businesses have the same legal force/value as Plant Health Certificates (PHC's) issued by PIRSA Government Inspectors.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To apply for this accreditation you must be the legal entity (individual, partnership, company, cooperative or association) that owns and operates the business to be covered by the ICA.

You must demonstrate effective in-house procedures that ensure any material consigned to intrastate or interstate markets meets the specified legal (quarantine) requirements.

You are required to submit a separate application for each ICA arrangement you require.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Quarantine authorities will carry out regular audits on your business to ensure you continue to meet your obligations and maintain your accreditation.


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Additional information

Your ICA arrangement will be audited by the department 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 arrangement.

If an ICA does not exist for your produce, you will need to check the entry conditions for the state or territory where you would like to send your produce, and the regulators in the state or territory where the produce is grown, in order to get a PHAC.

Applications must be lodged at least ten working days before the date you would like to start certifying your produce.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Biosecurity SA

Contact details

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Plant Health

Biosecurity SA

Department of Primary Industries and Regions

South Australia
Operating address: 33 Flemington Street
Glenside, South Australia 5065
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1671
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Phone: 07 8207 7820