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10 February 2011, 10:57 am
ISAF In-House Certification Passes Significant Milestone
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ISAF In-House Certification Stickers

ISAF In-House Certification

The ISAF In-House Certification Scheme reached a significant milestone in its development. The 10,000th certification sticker was dispatched from the ISAF Secretariat Offices this week!
With participating manufacturers in North America, Europe and Asia and with an increasing number of ISAF Classes realising the benefit of adopting In-House Certification, the ISAF IHC scheme continues to grow. Any ISAF Classes wishing to utilise the ISAF IHC scheme for certification of sails are urged to contact the ISAF Technical Department.

Prizes up for Grabs
If you are perhaps considering a new sail for the upcoming ISAF Sailing World Cup events, make sure you buy from an ISAF IHC licensed loft, to be in the running to win some ISAF goodies! For the lucky sailor(s) who purchase the sail bearing IHC sticker number 10,000 we have a selection of prizes to give away, simply contact the ISAF Technical Department to claim your prize!

How It Works
In-House Certification (IHC) centres around a Certification System allowing the manufacturer to self-certify the equipment they produce at the point of manufacture - but only once their have met a designated standard. Each nation or region has an IHC Authorizing Authority (AA) approved by ISAF (normally the MNA), which approves, contracts and audits manufacturers with Certification Systems. Classes involved in the IHC scheme ensure their class rules are suitable for IHC and assist the development of control methods.

Get Involved!
Classes wishing to be involved in the Programme will need to ensure that their class rules and other equipment controls lend themselves to IHC. The most positive way to achieve this is by the application of the ISAF standards for class rules (SCR) and the Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS).

Any class association wishing to become involved in the ISAF In-House Certification Scheme should read Section 8 of the Criteria and Responsibilities document completing a Class Application Form and returning it to the ISAF Technical Department.

Classes, MNAs and manufacturers wishing to become involved or find out more about the ISAF In-House Certification scheme should also contact the ISAF Technical Department , visit the ISAF IHC microsite or check out the ISAF IHC Facebook page for further details.

Non-Compliance Reporting.
If there are any issues of non-compliance with class rules found with equipment carrying an ISAF IHC sticker, please report this to the ISAF Technical Department in the first instance using this form. Issues of non-compliance continue to remain low; however without classes and event juries/event organisers reporting back to ISAF, any issues that do arise may go un-noticed and unresolved. Each sticker is uniquely numbered and can be traced back to the place of manufacture.

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