Information Fair Trader Scheme

Since its launch in 2003, the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) has set and assessed standards in information trading for public sector bodies.

Now that the Re-use of of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 have established a statutory basis for those standards, The National Archives has decided to close IFTS. The Information Commissioner's Office is the regulator for re-use in the United Kingdom. IFTS will be wound up on 31 March 2018.

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 members

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

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 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.