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IAF (International Accreditation Forum, Inc.) is a professional body for accreditation bodies and other organizations interested in conformity assessment of Management Systems (ISO 9000, etc.), Product Certification, Personnel Certifications and similar schemes. 

The main task of the IAF is to develop and operate a unified program for conformity assessments worldwide.

This is done to reduce the risk of business and customers. Accreditation shall ensure uniform interpretation of all standards worldwide.


The IAF is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and other bodies interested in conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes of conformity assessment. Its primary function is to develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment which reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited certificates may be relied upon. Accreditation assures users of the competence and impartiality of the body accredited.