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16 October 2010, 12:18 pm
Ullman Sails GZ Granted First ISAF In-House Certification License In Italy
FIV Audit Team at Ullman Sails GZ
The FIV Audit Team at Ullman Sails GZ

ISAF In-House Certification Update - Italy Progresses
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Following a successful audit of procedures, ISAF is pleased to announce the Federazione Italiana Vela (FIV) have issued their first ISAF IHC License to Ullman Sails GZ.
The FIV were appointed as the Authorizing Authority for the In-House Certification scheme in Italy earlier this year and have since been working closely with Ullman Sails in order to prepare the necessary documentation and undertake the initial audit of procedures.

Ullman Sails GZ is located in Northern Italy near Lake Iseo and produces a large number of sails for classes such as the International Melges 24, the International Tornado and the International 420. Pablo Soldano commented: "As a "one design sail loft", measuring sails has always been a very important task for us. We have known about the IHC concept from its very early phase and have been in full support of it from the beginning."

"The program has started with ISAF for the first few years and since its administration has been delegated to our MNA, Paolo Luciani, has strongly supported our organisation throughout the application and audit process. Today our loft has gained major know how and we have seen a positive impact on how we go about sail measurement and we are very happy to be fully involved in this program."

"The biggest Italian sailmakers have shown their interest in IHC and two of them are pressing FIV to be licensed as soon as possible."
said Paolo Luciani from FIV. "Now that FIV has been approved by ISAF as an AA I am confident that other sailmakers will soon join the scheme as soon as they will see the good side of the system."


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 before contacting the ISAF Technical Department for further information

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.
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