The International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) is the industry-elected body responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the standards applied within all IGDF-member organisations, and to which all Enquiry and Applicant organisations aspire, in order to ensure equity of high-quality service to guide dog users and handlers around the world.
It can take many years for a new organisation to achieve the required standards which will enable them to become an IGDF Member. All member organisations are re-assessed on a 5-yearly basis to ensure that the standards are maintained before their ongoing accreditation is approved.
The standards themselves go into great detail and cover the following key areas:
Standard 1 – Applicant / Client selection
Standard 2 – Client and Guide Dog Team instruction and follow-up
Standard 3 – Technical Staff Education and Development
Standard 4 – Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) Education Programme
Standard 5 – Humane care, training and treatment of Guide Dogs
Standard 6 – Breeding, puppy raising and veterinary care
Standard 7 – Guide dog assessment and training
Standard 8 – Kennel specifications
Standard 9 – Buildings and transport
Standard 10 – Administration
Should you wish to know more about any of these standards, please contact your ‘local’ IGDF member organisation who, alongside the IGDF, will be happy to assist.
Your ‘local’ IGDF member organisation can be found by following the link Closest Guide Dog Provider or via the IGDF website Homepage.