The scheme involves the assessment and international certification of cotton testing laboratories to implement an internationally recognised standard.
This will establish a list of laboratories located worldwide which meet a standard level of quality assurance, so that they can be used to resolve quality disputes in line with the ICA Bylaws & Rules, as well as provide a service to the cotton industry.
The scheme is available to any individual who has fulfilled the certification criteria and is not on or related to a firm which is on the CICCA List of Unfulfilled Awards.
We have developed the scheme based on ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and CSITC (Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton), as well as building on the good practices of USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and our own laboratory experience, to produce a certification process that will be widely accepted and recognised as being of the very highest standards.
Download our certification process flow chart.
We have adopted the following eight criteria in our certification process:
The annual certification fee is USD $2,000 (+VAT where applicable). The cost of travel and accommodation for on-site inspections every three years must be covered in addition to this fee.
To apply for your laboratory to be certified, simply complete our online application form. A member of our team will then be in contact with information on the next steps.
The following laboratories are currently certified and can be classed as a ‘laboratory of choice’ to resolve quality disputes in line with the ICA Bylaws & Rules, as well as providing a service to the cotton industry.
Certified since 2016
Cotton South Africa
Certified since 2013
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Wakefield Inspection Services (Tashkent) Ltd
Zhangjiagang Academy of Inspection and Detection
ProClass Pty Ltd – Goondiwindi
Wakefield Inspection Services (Shanghai) Ltd
USDA, AMS, Cotton & Tobacco Program (Quality Assurance Laboratory)
The Cotton Testing Laboratory at the Technical Center of Hebei Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau
Twelve other laboratories are currently in the process of assessment. Watch this space for the next announcement...
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