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.