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27 April 2010, 11:16 am
IRC To Adopt ISAF In-House Certification For GBR Endorsed Certificates

IRC adopts ISAF IHC for GBR Endorsed Certificates

The RORC Rating Office, acting as the IRC Rule Authority for IRC in GBR, have now decided that with effect from 1 January 2011, sailmakers submitting sail data for an IRC Endorsed certificate for British owned boats will be required to be a licensed manufacturer under the ISAF In-House Certification scheme.
Sail lofts wishing to continue to be qualified to submit sail data for IRC Endorsed certificates in the future, as well as for all the RYA National Classes, are encouraged to contact the RYA by 1 November 2010 in order to get involved in the In-House Certification scheme. For further information, please contact Leah Brooks in the RYA Technical Department.

To date the RYA have licensed three GBR sailmakers for IHC with another three expected to gain their IHC license over the coming summer. More are anticipated throughout the course of this year.

How It Works

IHC centres around a Certification System allowing the manufacturer to self-certify their equipment products 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 builders with Certification Systems. ISAF Classes involved in the IHC will ensure their class rules are suitable for IHC and assist the development of control methods and training.

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 wishing to become involved in the ISAF In-House Certification Scheme should read Section 8 of the Criteria and Responsibilities document before completing a Classes 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 contact the ISAF Technical Department for further details, or visit the ISAF IHC microsite at

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