IAF Policy documents set out the policies, including governance requirements, that IAF members are expected to follow as well as statements of the IAF viewpoint on current issues. These include documents such as the IAF Bylaws, the Memorandum of Understanding, IAF Endorsed Normative Documents and similar foundation policies.
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IAF Charter 2001
(Issued 8 November 2001; Application: Immediate)
Accreditation bodies which are members of IAF are required to operate at the highest standard and to require the bodies they accredit to comply with appropriate international standards and IAF Guidance to the application of those standards.
IAF PL 1:2009 Code of Conduct for Members of the IAF
(Issue 2, Version 2, issued on 22 December 2009)
Outlines the broad principles of legal and ethical business conduct embraced by IAF. This Code signifies voluntary assumption by IAF members of a standard of conduct that may often be above and beyond the requirements of the law. Acceptance of this Code of Conduct is mandatory for IAF members as a condition of membership of IAF.
IAF PL 2:2009 Bylaws of the International Accreditation Forum Inc.
(Issue 6, issued on 22 December 2009; application from 22 December 2009)
Bylaws of the International Accreditation Forum Inc.
IAF PL 3:2009 Policy and Procedure for Expansion of the Scope of the MLA
(Issue 2, issued on 22 December 2009; application from 22 December 2009)
Provides the policy and procedures by which IAF and major industry sectors can work together to operate conformity assessment programs specifically developed by and for their own industries. IAF welcomes discussions with recognised industry groups wishing to operate third party Industry Specific Programs regarding means by which IAF accreditation body members may contribute their expertise and the value of the IAF world-wide recognition program to meet those industries’ needs.
IAF PL 4:2009 Rules for IAF Membership Fees
(Issue 4, issued on 22 December 2009: application from 22 December 2009)
Sets out the rules for calculating and collecting membership fees for IAF members.
IAF PL 5:2012 Structure of the International Accreditation Forum Inc.
(Issue 4, issued on 13 August 2012; application from 13 August 2012)
Sets out the structure of the IAF, the responsibilities and duties of the IAF Board, Executive and Officers, as well as the Terms of Reference of the IAF Committees and Subcommittees.
IAF PL 6:2009 IAF Memorandum of Understanding
(Issue 4, issued on 22 December 2009; application from 22 December 2009)
The IAF Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is the basic membership document of IAF. All members of IAF are required to sign the MoU and to abide by the commitments they make in it.