Interstate certification assurance arrangements
The Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) Scheme is a national system which allows an accredited business to issue Plant Health Assurance Certificates (PHAC) without the need for an authorised officer to certify produce on behalf of the business. When a PHAC is issued by an accredited business, it is accepted as evidence of conformance with specified quarantine requirements for interstate and intrastate trade.
An ICA arrangement is an agreement between a business and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). The accredited business assumes responsibility for treating and/or inspecting produce and then issuing a PHAC.
ICA arrangements are routinely audited by DEDJTR to ensure they are working effectively.
More information on the scheme and the types of accreditation available can be found at the national Interstate Certification Assurance Scheme site.
The benefits obtained by individual businesses will vary according to the type of operation and the produce covered by the ICA arrangement. However, benefits can include:
- increased flexibility (businesses can plan operations without the need to arrange for a DEDJTR inspector to be present);
- improved awareness of quality issues (documented staff responsibilities and duties);
- improved operational control (procedures documented);
- reduced certification costs.
For more information on the ICA Scheme, accreditation, application forms and full text copies of procedures, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 136 186 to contact your nearest Plant Standards Officer.