The International Accreditation Forum, Inc.(IAF) is the world association of 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 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.
IAF members accredit certification or registration bodies that issue certificates attesting that organization`s management,products or personnel comply with a specified standard.