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Procedures Documents (PR Series)

IAF Procedures documents lay down the procedures to be followed in implementing the IAF program, spelling out the procedures and processes which must be followed in order to satisfy the IAF Objectives, Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws, e.g. in the operations of IAF itself and for implementation of the MLA.  Members of IAF seeking membership of the IAF MLA must conduct their operations in a way which complies with all the requirements of the IAF Procedures which are relevant, or achieves the objectives of the Procedures in some equivalent way.

IAF conducts its own operations in accordance with the IAF Procedures documents. The IAF Procedures documents are available below.

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IAF PR 1: 2015 Procedure for the Investigation and Resolution of Complaints
(Issue 3, issued on 27 July 2015; Application from 27 July 2015)
IAF has adopted the procedure set out in this document for the investigation and resolution of complaints made to IAF.  Complaints received may concern decisions and activities of IAF or IAF members, or conformity assessment bodies (CABs) accredited by IAF Accreditation Body Members.

IAF PR 2:2018 General Procedures for the Development of IAF Documents
(Issue 4, issued 23 November 2018; application from 23 November 2018)
This procedure sets out the rules for the development and approval of IAF documents.
(See also IAF GA Resolution 2018-24 (, which provides a definition for the term 'application date' as used in IAF documents). 

IAF PR 3:2005  Procedures for IAF General Assembly Meetings
(Issued 7 October 2005; application from 7 October 2005)
This procedure sets out the formal rules for the management of the IAF General Assembly Meetings.

IAF PR 4:2015 Structure of the IAF MLA and List of IAF Endorsed Normative Documents
(Issue 7, issued 24 October 2015 with updated endorsed normative documents; application from 24 October 2015)
This document describes the structure of the IAF MLA. The current list of IAF endorsed normative documents is available in IAF MLA Status.

IAF PR 5:2018 Procedure for Handling Applications for MoU Membership in IAF
(Issue 2, Issued 13 June 2018, application from 13 June 2018)
This document describes procedures to be followed in the processing of applications from Accreditation Bodies, Industry and Certification Body Associations, and Regional Accreditation Groups for Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Membership status in IAF.

IAF PR 6:2011 Assignment of IAF Liaisons
(Issued 8 November 2011; Application from 8 November 2011)
Procedure for the appointment of individuals to represent IAF or act as contact persons between organisations where IAF and its members have special interests


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