In November 2017, EMA, the Mexican Accreditation Body, launched an accreditation program for Certification Bodies for establishing the requirements for certification with respect to animal welfare, conservation, research, education and security in the zoological sector.
Certification Bodies must complete the following steps before being able to carry out the audits in order to issue the corresponding certificates:
- Obtain accreditation or be accredited by the Mexican Accreditation Entity to ISO / IEC 17065 standard, and comply with the necessary requirements to evaluate the conformity to NMX-AA-165-SCFI-2014 which establishes the requirements for the certification to animal welfare, conservation, research, education and security in the zoological sector.
- Obtain approval from the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Mexican authority in environmental protection).
It is a voluntary certification to recognise institutions as places that treat their animals well and comply with Conservation, Environmental, Education, Research and Recreation requirements.