The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

We appreciate that developing a certification scheme can be a complex process, this application process will outline if you are at the right stage to submit certification scheme criteria. We also welcome informal discussions with organisations as part of their development phase. This should ensure that scheme criteria are developed in line with the relevant guidelines and requirements. You can contact us at certification@ico.org.uk.