IAF has programmes to:
- Develop guidance, rules and procedures for the operation of accreditation, certification / registration and mutual recognition programmes resulting in "Certified once, accepted everywhere"
- Ensure that all accreditation body members operate to the highest standards of competence and probity and only accredit bodies that have demonstrated that they are competent and impartial
- Harmonise accreditation procedures and their implementation based on international standards and guides, and IAF guidance on their application
- Develop guidance, rules and procedures for the operation of specific sector conformity assessment schemes to meet the needs of specific industries
- Develop guidance, rules and procedures for the operation of compliance programmes to satisfy regulatory or government requirements
- Exchange information between accreditation bodies
- Cooperate in the training of assessors and other personnel
- Contribute to the work of ISO and other relevant international bodies
- Liaise with the regional groups of accreditation bodies
- Liaise with other relevant bodies such as ILAC, ISO and industry groups
- Assist emerging accreditation bodies in low and medium income economies
What is the IAF Development Support programme?
It is IAF policy to provide technical assistance to emerging accreditation bodies in low and medium income economies. The IAF also provides financial assistance to help emerging accreditation bodies by giving them the means to to enable their staff to attend training programmes. The programme also ensures representation by accreditation bodies of low and medium income economies on the IAF Board.
The IAF Membership fee structure is designed to encourage accreditation bodies in low and medium income economies to join IAF and benefit from technical assistance available to Members. Typically Members from low income economies pay fees that are less than 15% of those paid by Members in high income economies.
The IAF Development Support programme includes workshops, seminars and specific training programmes for the staff members of emerging accreditation bodies. The IAF also provides expert advice and encourages staff from emerging bodies to observe experienced staff from other accreditation bodies conducting assessments. IAF and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) co-operate in operating technical assistance programmes for emerging bodies.