Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) and regulation

The Office of Public Sector Information, part of The National Archives, runs the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS), which sets and assesses standards for public sector bodies.

The Re-use of of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 require public sector bodies to permit the re-use of their information and demonstrate fairness and transparency.

Information Fair Trader Scheme accredited logo

To join the scheme, a chief executive makes a personal commitment to information fair trading.

An example of the commitment the chief executive makes on joining IFTS.

Once the chief executive of the organisation has made his or her statement of commitment, we carry out a verification to satisfy ourselves that the administrative processes to support the commitment are in place and being followed.

Under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, since 18 July 2015, complaints about re-use are the responsibility of the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Any public sector body can apply to become an IFTS member, whether or not it is a Crown body.

IFTS online is an accreditation scheme that measures how effectively public sector organisations manage the re-use of their information.

Most government information should be made available for re-use at marginal cost. In practice this often means free of charge, especially where the information is published online. We have developed a series of tests, or criteria, to help assess whether charges are appropriate.