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This page contains a number of IAF documents which are made available publicly for information to assist people interested in understanding IAF and its operations. 

Some of the following documents are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF. If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer it is available here free from Adobe.

Application for Membership in IAF
Download this document and fill it in to apply for membership in IAF. The application document includes all the information necessary for an application to be considered by the Board of Directors.
(If the form does not open first save it onto your system and then open it)

Application for Special Recognition by IAF
Download this document and fill it in for membership in IAF as a Special Recognition Organisation. All applications are considered by the Board of Directors.
(If the form does not open first save it onto your system then open it)

IAF Technical Committee (TC) Searchable Decision Log
Contains all TC technical decisions up to and including the April 2013 Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.

ISO CASCO Publications and Presentations

ISO has made available a collection of free publications of interest to the standards development and conformity assessment community using the following link: http://www.iso.org/iso/home/store/publications_and_e-products.htm

 For some of the recently published CASCO standards, the experts of the Working Groups who developed them have prepared a Power point presentation to highlight the main elements of the document and show the differences with the former version. The slides can be used by anyone making a presentation or simply to learn about the new standard and can be accessed via the following link:  http://www.iso.org/iso/home/about/conformity-assessment/conformity-assessment_resources.htm

IAF Representatives, Liaisons, and Contacts (IAF EC-11-10 Rev.3) - December 2013

IAF Public Document Responsibility (IAF-EC-11-11 Rev5) - November 2013

OD-G-2003 IECEE-ILAC-IAF Guidance for the Conduct of Unified Assessments in the Electro-technical Sector - October 2012
(To access this document click on the following link:
http://www.iec-ilac-iaf.org/doc/OD-G-2003_ed.1.3.pdf )

This document provides joint assessment teams conducting unified assessments of Certification Bodies and Testing Laboratories against ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 17025 with basic background on how assessments are to be prepared, conducted and completed. It was developed by a Joint Working Group of IEC, ILAC and IAF.  It is currently in the development stage and is therefore being used on a trial basis.

Accreditation Body Assessor Job Task Analysis Report - October 2012
The IAF Validation and Job Task Analysis Report for Accreditation Body (AB) Assessors has been finalized and approved.  This report was designed to validate the “generic” tasks, knowledge and skills of an Accreditation Body Assessor.  The report describes in detail the process and results of this study to include a content outline and learning objectives that can be used for designing and implementing training programs.  The task list can also be used to design evaluation tools for AB assessors.   At the present time, this document is informative. It is intended that a mandatory document based on this information will be developed in the future.

PEFC ST 2003:2012 Requirement for Certification Bodies operating Certification against the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) International Chain of Custody Standard  
This document defines the requirements for certification bodies carrying out PEFC chain of custody certification. It was developed by a joint working group of PEFC and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), and is effective as of 16 July 2012.

It was agreed at the IAF Technical Committee meeting held on 21 October 2012 that PEFC should take full responsibility for the publishing and maintenance of this document, and for the scheme. The link below provides the certification body requirements document- PEFC ST 2003:2012.
http://pefc.org/resources/technical-documentation/pefc-international-standards-2010/1014-certification-body-requirements.

Expected Outcomes of Accredited Certification

The following documents are user-friendly versions of the Joint ISO-IAF Communiques regarding the expected outcomes of accredited certification to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which were issued in July 2009 - see IAF Publications, Section Communiques.  The purpose of these publications is to promote a common focus throughout the entire conformity assessment chain in order to achieve the outcomes expected of accredited certification and thereby enhance its value and relevance.

Expected Outcomes for Accredited Certification to ISO 9001

Expected Outcomes for Accredited Certification to ISO 14001


Memoranda of Understanding and Agreements signed by IAF

IAF-ILAC Agreement on Closer Cooperation
Copy of the text of the Agreement between IAF and ILAC signed by Randy Dougherty, the Chair of IAF, and Peter Unger, the Chair of ILAC, on October 25, 2012 at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

IAF-ILAC-IEC Memorandum of Understanding
Copy of the text of the revised MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC and IEC.  The original MoU was signed by Randy Dougherty, the Chairman of IAF, Daniel Pierre, the Chairman of ILAC, and Aharon Amit, the General-Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of IEC, on October 29, 2010 at a ceremony in Shanghai.

As a result of the confidence established between the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems and Members of ILAC and IAF, the Parties agreed to expand the original tripartite Memorandum of Understanding to cover initial assessments, surveillances and reassessments carried out in their respective systems, and the revised MOU was signed during the IAF/ILAC Annual Meetings held in Rio de Janeiro, on 25 October, 2012.

A dedicated website has been set up to facilitate collaboration between the three parties, which aims to reduce cost, time and complexity through the pooling of resources. The link is: www.iec-ilac-iaf.org.

IAF-ILAC-ITU Memorandum of Understanding
Copy of the text of the MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC and ITU. The MoU was signed between IAF, ILAC and ITU by Randy Dougherty, the Chair of IAF, Peter Unger, the Chair of ILAC, and Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication, Standardization Bureau, of the ITU on May 14, 2012.

IAF-ILAC-OIML Memorandum of Understanding
Copy of the text of the MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC and OIML.  The MoU was signed by Randy Dougherty, the Chairman of IAF, Daniel Pierre, the Chairman of ILAC and Alan Johnston, the President of OIML, on October 29, 2010 at a ceremony in Shanghai.  The original tri-partite MoU was signed on 28 October 2007.

IAF-GLOBALG.A.P Memorandum of Understanding
Copy of the text of the MoU agreed between IAF and GLOBALG.A.P.  The MoU was originally signed between IAF and EurepGAP by Dr Thomas Facklam, the Chairman of IAF and Dr Kristian Moller, the Secretary of EurepGAP and the Managing Director of FoodPlus GmbH, on June 2, 2006.  The updated MoU with GLOBALG.A.P was signed on May 29, 2009.

Annex - Summary of IAF Accreditation Bodies which have adopted the IAF - GLOBALG.A.P. Memorandum of Understanding

IAF-FoodPLUS Agreement - Endorsement of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Certification Scheme
The Agreement finalises the IAF endorsement of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) certification scheme. The Agreement was signed between IAF and FoodPLUS by Mr Randy Dougherty, the Chairman of IAF and Mr. Andras Fekete on behalf of Dr Kristian Moller, the Secretary of GLOBALG.A.P, and the Managing Director of FoodPlus GmbH, on the 25th of October 2013. The endorsement of the IFA certification scheme introduces the IFA certification into the IAF MLA as a level 4 and level 5 sub-scopes under the main scope of ISO/IEC Guide 65/17065.

IAF-ILAC-ISO Memorandum of Understanding
Copy of the text of the updated MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC and ISO. The MoU was signed by Randy Dougherty, the Chairman of IAF, Peter Unger, the Chairman of ILAC and Rob Steele, the Secretary-General of ISO, on April 10, 2014 at a ceremony in Geneva.

IAF-ILAC-UNIDO Memorandum of Understanding
Copy of the text of the MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC and UNIDO.  The MoU was signed by Dr Thomas Facklam, the Chairman of IAF, Mr Mike Peet, the Chairman of ILAC and Mr Carlos Magarinos, the Director-General of UNIDO, on October 10, 2004 at a ceremony in Cape Town.

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