Laboratory Certification

ICA Bremen offers laboratory certification. This is an internationally recognised kitemark of quality demonstrating that all certified laboratories have met stringent international standards.

All certified laboratories have been independently assessed to meet a specific standard of quality assurance and testing operations. They may resolve quality disputes in line with the ICA Bylaws & Rules and are authorised to provide an assessment service to the cotton industry.

The scheme is available to any laboratory which meets the certification criteria. Candidate laboratories may not be linked to firms that are on, or related to a firm which is on, the CICCA List of Unfulfilled Awards.

  • Worldwide recognition of credibility and competence
  • Advice and information from experts in the industry
  • Set a high standard for your laboratory to achieve and maintain
  • Promotion of your laboratory on our website and full use of the ‘ICA Bremen Certified Laboratory’ logo

The scheme is based on American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM International) and Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC), as well as building on the good practices of USDA and our own laboratory experience. This certification process is now widely accepted and recognised as the international industry standard for cotton testing.

Download our certification process flow chart.

Laboratory Specification / Conditioning
Instrument and Maintenance
Calibration and Internal Verification
Testing Procedures and Samples
External Verification
Quality Management
CSITC Round Trials

The annual certification fee is EURO €2,500 (+VAT where applicable). The cost of travel and accommodation for on-site inspections every three years must be covered in addition to this fee.

How to apply for certification?

Simply complete our online application form. A member of our team will then be in contact with information on the next steps.

Which laboratories are certified?

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.

ICA Bremen

Certified since 2016

Cotton South AfricaCertified since 2013

KONSTANTINOS V. MARKOU S.ACertified since 2014

Auscott Limited

Certified since 2016
ProClass Pty Ltd – GoondiwindiCertified since 2016
Quality Assurance Laboratory USDA Memphis

Certified since 2017
The Cotton Testing Laboratory
at the Technical Center of Hebei
Entry-Exit Inspection &
Quarantine Bureau

Certified since 2017
CBRA Laboratory of ABRAPACertified since 2018
ProClass Pty Ltd – GriffithCertified since 2019
Shanghai Institute of Quality Inspection and Technical Research InstituteCertified since 2019
Thrakika Ekkokistiria SACertified since 2023
Wakefield Inspection Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, MumbaiCertified since 2023
Wakefield Inspection Services (Vietnam) Co. LtdCertified since 2024

Sixteen other laboratories are currently in the process of assessment.
Watch this space for our next announcement…