Documents for General Information
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.
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Application for IAF Membership
Public Document Responsibility
Representatives, Liaisons and Contacts
Memoranda of Understanding and Agreements signed by IAF
Technical Committee Related
ISO/CASCO Publications, Presentations, and Resources
Joint Publications with other Organizations
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IAF Public Document Responsibility (IAF-EC-11-11 Rev. 19) - February 2021
IAF Representatives, Liaisons, and Contacts (IAF EC-11-10 Rev. 16) - April 2020
IAF Strategic Plan 2015 - 2019 - August 2014
IAF Strategic Plan 2015 - 2019 - Rev. 1, May 2017
IAF Strategic Plan 2020-2025 - June 2020
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 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. An initial update to the MoU was signed October 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.
The most recent update to the ILAC-IAF-IEC MoU is the November 2018 version.
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-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-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 updated MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC and OIML. The updated MoU was signed by Xiao Jianhua, the Chair of IAF, Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, the Chair of ILAC, and Roman Schwartz, the President of the International Committee of Legal Metrology for OIML, on October 10, 2018 at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. The revised document replaces a second revision dated October 16, 2014. The original tripartite MoU was signed on October 28, 2007.
IAF-ILAC-UNIDO Memorandum of Understanding
Copy of the text of the updated MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC and UNIDO. The updated MoU was signed by Xiao Jianhua, the Chair of IAF, Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, the Chair of ILAC, and Ll Yong, the UNIDO Director General, on November 24, 2017 at a ceremony in Vienna, Austria. The original tripartite MoU was signed on October 10, 2004.
IAF-FAMI-QS Agreement - Endorsement of the FAMI-QS Certification Scheme
This Agreement finalises the IAF endorsement of FAMI-QS asbl's FAMI-QS certification scheme. The Agreement was signed between IAF and FAMI-QS asbl by Mr Xiao Jianhua, the Chairman of IAF, and Mr. Emmanuel Geneiatakis, the Secretary General of FAMI-QS asbl, on the 29th of October 2017.
IAF-IPC Agreement - Endorsement of the IPC Management System Auditors Certification Scheme
This Agreement finalises the IAF endorsement of the International Personnel Certification Association (IPC)'s IPC Management System Auditors certification scheme. The Agreement was signed between IAF and IPC by Mr Xiao Jianhua, the Chairman of IAF, and Mr George Anastasopoulos, the General Secretary of IPC, on behalf of Osman Vural, the Chairman of IPC, on the 28th of October 2017.
IAF-GFSI Agreement - Endorsement of GFSI Benchmarked Schemes
This agreement will facilitate IAF endorsement of GFSI benchmarked schemes as a sub-scope of the IAF MLA in accordance with IAF PL3 and this agreement. The Agreement was signed between IAF and GFSI by Mr Xiao Jianhua, the Chairman of IAF, and Mr. Peter Freedman, the Managing Director at The Consumer Goods Forum on the 05th of April 2018.
IAF-ILAC-World Bank Memorandum of Understanding
Copy of the text of the MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC, and the World Bank. The MoU was signed by Xiao Jianhua, the Chair of IAF, Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, the Chair of ILAC, and John Panzer, Director, International Development Association, World Bank, on October 30, 2018
IAF-ILAC-IHAF Memorandum of Understanding
Copy of the text of the MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC, and IHAF. The MoU was signed by Xiao Jianhua, the Chair of IAF, Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, the Chair of ILAC, and Mohamed Saleh Badri, the Secretary General of IHAF, on October 30, 2018
IAF-Foundation FSSC 22000 Agreement - Endorsement of the FSSC 22000 Certification Scheme
This Agreement finalises the IAF endorsement of Foundation FSSC 22000's FSSC 22000 certification scheme. The Agreement was signed between IAF and Foundation FSSC 22000 by Mr Xiao Jianhua, the Chairman of IAF, and Mr Aldin Hilbrands, the Director General of Foundation FSSC 22000, on the 12th of March 2021.
IAF Technical Committee (TC) Searchable Decision Log
Contains all TC technical decisions up to and including the items considered out of session following the October 2020 virtual meeting.
Remote Auditing Activities for Accredited Food Safety Certification - Version 2, April 2020
This document produced by the IAF Food Working Group - Task Force GFSI provides guidance on how remote auditing processes and procedures defined in international standards and IAF documents can be used in accredited food safety certification.
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.
Expected outcomes for accredited certification to to ISO management system standards
This joint IAF-ISO document sets out the outcomes that are to be expected as a result of accredited management systems certification. The intent is to promote a common focus throughout the entire conformity assessment chain in order to achieve these expected outcomes and thereby enhance the value and relevance of accredited certification. The document sets out a high-level overview into what an organisation should expect from the certification process, but also what it should not.
Expected outcomes for accredited certication to ISO management system standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
A workshop on IAF MD 20:2016 Generic Competence for AB Assessors: Application to ISO/IEC 17011 was held in October 2016 at the Joint IAF-ILAC Annual Meetings in New Delhi. The entire workshop is available for viewing on the IAF-ILAC Youtube channel and the associated documents are available below.
IAF ISO/IEC 17024 Workshop
A workshop on ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity assessment -- General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons was held in October 2017 at the Joint IAF-ILAC meetings in Vancouver.
Also available is a guidance document for liaison organizations on engaging stakeholders and building consensus (http://www.iso.org/iso/guidance_liaison-organizations.pdf). This document provides specific principles and guidance to liaisons on involving their stakeholders throughout the various stages of development of ISO work. IAF Liaison representatives who participate in ISO's work are encouraged to review sections 3.1 & 3.2 of this document to ensure effective and representative input into the development of ISO standards.
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://isotc.iso.org/livelink/livelink?func=ll&objId=17699314&objAction=browse&viewType=1
The CASCO toolbox includes helpful links to basic conformity assessment terms and concepts, case studies of specific industry sectors from around the world, relevant international standards, guides and other documents containing more detail, or further sources of information.
Joint Publications with other Organizations
OD-G-2003 IECEE-ILAC-IAF Guidance for the Conduct of Unified Assessments in the Electrotechnical Sector - Ed. 2.0, April 2016
This document was developed by a Joint Working Group of IEC, ILAC and IAF for assessment teams conducting unified assessments in the electrotechnical sector and provides background and guidance on how unified assessments are prepared, conducted and completed. This document contains guidance on the management of the on-site assessment of Certification Bodies and Testing Laboratories against ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 17025, in order to harmonize and simplify unified assessments in the electrotechnical sector. The guidance emphasizes the importance of assessment as a management tool for monitoring and verifying the effective competence and capability in the relevant elements of conformity assessment in testing and certification of electrotechnical equipment and components. The use of this guidance may differ according to the size, nature and complexity of the organizations to be assessed, as well as the objectives and scopes of the assessments to be conducted.
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.
Joint IAF-OIML Assessment Procedure in the Field of Legal Metrology - January 2020
The purpose of this document is to implement the provisions of the IAF-ILAC-OIML Memorandum of Understanding, related to the assessment of Issuing Authorities in the framework of the OIML-CS. This document specifies in particular the requirements for the competence of the assessment team, and the reference documents which define the requirements to be assessed.