Information Fair Trader Scheme

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.


IFTS principles

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

IFTS verification process

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.

IFTS complaints procedure

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.

IFTS members

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

IFTS online

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

Exceptions to marginal cost pricing

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.

Licensing Forum

The Licensing Forum is made up of a group of practitioners from across the public sector who are involved in licensing and copyright.