The International Guide Dogs Federation (IGDF) has granted accreditation to Guide Dogs (The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association) following a comprehensive external assessment. The successful accreditation process did not highlight any concerns requiring action.
The IGDF is a prominent organisation that establishes and upholds the benchmarks by which its members are assessed. With a membership of 97 organisations spanning 35 countries, the IGDF remains the solitary association for Guide Dogs institutions. Crucially, these organisations cannot function within the IGDF without this esteemed accreditation.
Accreditation by the IGDF offers several advantages:
External service providers, particularly transport entities like airlines, acknowledge that a partnership endorsed by an IGDF-accredited institution is legitimate. Consequently, the dog’s behaviour in public settings is anticipated to be exemplary.
It enhances consumer choice and safeguards, especially in regions with multiple guide dog services.
This in-depth assessment incorporated discussions with staff, volunteers, and service users of Guide Dogs. The objective was to ascertain the effective translation of policies and procedures into operational practice. Guide Dogs showcased their unwavering commitment to superior standards during these interactions.
Guide Dogs has expressed gratitude for the unwavering support from all quarters that enables individuals with visual impairments to lead fulfilling lives.