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Communiqués

Communiqués may be published by IAF or jointly with other organizations.

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Policy Documents (PL Series)

IAF Policy documents set out the policies, including governance requirements, that IAF Members are expected to follow as well as statements of the IAF viewpoint on current issues.

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MLA Documents (ML Series)

MLA documents are based on IAF Member experiences and represent their agreement on best practice in the application of requirements. They are mandatory for IAF Members to ensure that IAF MLA programs are operated in an equivalent and harmonized way worldwide.

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Mandatory Documents (MD Series)

IAF Mandatory Documents are required to be used by accreditation bodies when accrediting certification or validation/verification bodies, to assure that they operate their programs in a consistent and equivalent manner.

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Procedure Documents (PR Series)

IAF Procedures documents describe the procedures to be followed in implementing the IAF program, specifying the procedures and processes which must be followed in order to satisfy the IAF objectives, Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws.

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IAF-ILAC Joint Publications (A-Series)

Joint IAF and ILAC A-Series documents are used for the evaluation of regions and unaffiliated bodies. FAQs on examples of the implementation of clauses of ISO/IEC 17011. as agreed by the IAF/ILAC JWG A-Series, are available at https://ilacfaq.org/a-seriers-faqs.

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Informative Documents (ID Series)

IAF Informative Documents reflect the consensus of IAF Members on specific subjects and are intended to support the consistent application of requirements. IAF Members and their accredited bodies are not obliged to use or comply with these documents.

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