APAC membership criteria and eligibility is set out out in section 3 of GOV-001 APAC Constitution.
In summary, APAC has two classes of membership.
- Associate membership for those organisations that provide, or are building the capacity to provide, accreditation of conformity assessment bodies in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011:2017 and relevant IAF and ILAC requirements; and
- Full membership that is reserved for Associate Members that have successfully completed their initial peer evaluation under the APAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). They become APAC Full Members after their positive peer evaluation recommendation is accepted by all the existing APAC Full Members.
Associate Members are expected to undertake their initial peer evaluation to become Full Members within the first three years of their Associate membership.
Organisations that are not an accreditation body, or not building capacity to become one, may be eligible to become an Affiliate of APAC. Examples of these type of organisations include national accreditation focal points, or organisations that have an interest in accredited conformity assessment results, such as associations of conformity assessment bodies, or organisations representing user (e.g. specifiers, regulators) interests. APAC membership or affiliate status is not available for individual conformity assessment bodies.