Membership of IFIA is open to testing, inspection and certification organisations with international operations that fully comply with IFIA’s membership requirements. Companies or other legal entities interested in IFIA membership, either as a full or an associated member, may apply to the Secretariat for further information.

There are three categories of full membership and a further category, that of associated member, which is reserved exclusively for organisations which are subject to ownership by a national government, government agency or government controlled agency. These categories are each subdivided for subscription purposes. The annual subscription rates for full membership are currently:

€ Turnover Category     Subscription Full Member
Over €2,500m A1* 70,000 €
€800m – €2,500m A1 56,800 €
€500m – €800m A2 38,695 €
€300m – €500m B1 29,465 €
€100m – €300m B2 20,164 €
€10m – €100m C1 10,082 €
Less than €10m C2 5,893  €

Subscription rates for associated membership can be obtained by application to the IFIA Secretariat.

The formal requirements for full membership can be found in Council Regulation 1 “Categories of IFIA Members, IFIA Membership Criteria and Application Procedure”. This Regulation includes the requirement (see paragraphs 1.4 and 2.12) that applicants introduce and implement a Compliance Programme in acordance with the IFIA Compliance Code and that in so doing they follow the IFIA Compliance Code: Implementation Guidelines.

The formal requirements for associated membership, which is reserved exclusively for organisations which are subject to ownership by a national government, government agency or government controlled agency can be found in Council Regulation 5 “Associated Members: Membership Criteria, Obligations and Application Process”.

The application process is not an online procedure, and applicants are requested to print and complete the appropriate Application Form – for either full membership or associated membership or obtain one direct from the Secretariat – then mail it to IFIA. Applicants should also pay the application fee, which is currently 750€.

Discussion by email or telephone with the Secretariat is recommended prior to making a formal application.