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About Us

The IDPA is a Certification Body which provides education and certification under ISO/IEC 17024:2012. This international standard, governs the quality of our Training courses.

We help professionals and organizations show commitment and competence by providing them with valuable education, evaluation and certification aligned to a range of international regulatory requirements and standards. With a focus on the solution and not just the problem of Compliance, we provide real world answers to the question businesses ask time and time again – “What does Compliance mean to us?”

Our principal objectives and activities are:

1. Establishing the minimum requirements necessary to certify professionals.

2. Reviewing and verifying the qualifications of applicants for eligibility to be considered for the certification evaluation.

3. Developing and maintaining reliable, valid, and current certification evaluations.

4. Granting certificates to qualified candidates, maintaining records, and publishing a directory of the holders of valid certificates.

5. Establishing requirements for the periodic renewal of certification and determining compliance with those requirements.

6. Ascertaining that our clients meet ethical standards in their professional practice.

7. Representing its members, where appropriate, in matters of common interest.

8. Promoting the benefits of certification to organizations, employers, public officials, practitioners in related fields, and the public.


Our mission is to provide our clients with comprehensive examination and certification services that inspire trust and benefit society as a whole. We believe that data protection and privacy is vital to protect people’s interests, which is why we work all over the world to promote the data protection profession and campaign to make society fairer and far more transparent.


Our vision is to become the global benchmark for the provision of Privacy Professional Training & Certification services.

Our Members

Our members are amongst the world’s best-qualified and highly regarded professionals – and they work in every sector imaginable. We provide membership to individuals, businesses large and small, government departments, educational establishments and opinion formers. We are on top of emerging trends, legislation and legal requirements.
Because of all this, we are able to provide innovative, strategic-thinking data protection solutions our fast-changing world needs.

Our Beliefs

We believe in the Ethical use of Technology and it’s core component – Data. We strive to create a greater public and media awareness of data protection solutions and to raise standards across industry. We also aim to enhance the overall image and value that the Data Protection industry delivers. We can only do this if we work with, not against, our customers.


Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness.

Our Services

The IDPA continuously updates and publishes innovative training courses through its Approved Training Provider network, with a particular focus on;

1. Information Security & Resiliency
2. Governance, Risk & Compliance
3. Privacy and Data Protection
4. Quality and Service Management

Our Accreditation

The value of the IDPA Certification is strictly validated by Accreditation from the National Accreditation Service (NAS) under ISO/IEC 17024:2012 – Conformity Assessment – General Requirements For Bodies Operating Certification Of Persons. The IDPA is also certified to ISO 9001:2015

Our Leadership

It is through the commitment and devotion of our people that excellence is achieved and always reflected in our services. Our objective is always to provide first-rate support and quality in everything we do.

Our Committees

The IDPA has established a number of committees comprised of experts from all around the world. Each committee has a dedicated purpose, mission and rationale. The IDPA Scheme Committee involves a group of international high-level professionals who continuously review and ameliorate the IDPA internal schemes. The committee members are carefully chosen to be independent and industry experts with rich experience and track record.

At the same time, the Impartiality, Ethics and Appeal Committee is comprised of external specialists who are responsible to receive and resolve issues related to the IDPA Code of Conduct, and other ethical matters. The Training Courses Review Committee gathers from all around the world to discuss, review and improve the IDPA Training Courses. This committee, jointly with the Training Development Department ensures the quality of our training course content.

Our Network

The IDPA Network is the global network of Distributors, Partners, Trainers, and Certified Individuals which is present in more than 150 countries. It is through this continually growing international network that the IDPA ensures customer support in all of its activities.


Our Team

Francesca Tamm

Head of Operations

Henri Altmann

Chief Privacy Officer

Lars Henrikk

Chief Information Officer

Marissa Kask

Head of Finance

Thomas Waterman

Chief Technical Officer