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Use of the IADL Website

The information contained in this website is for information purposes only. The information is provided by the International Association for Distance Learning (IADL), and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics or documentation contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.


In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website or any document downloaded from it.


Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of IADL. We are not responsible for the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of the information contained within them. 



Privacy Policy

We are committed to managing your personal information in accordance with current legislation and best practice. Our aim is to be responsible, relevant and secure when using your data. Whenever you provide personal information we will treat that information in accordance with this Policy. We endeavour at all times to keep your data secure.


If you wish to contact IADL via online forms on our website, we may ask you to submit personal information such as your name, country of residence, email address and phone number. For verification of IADL membership status, we may also ask for information about the institution or organization you wish to verify, such as name of organization, location, url and IADL membership number.


To apply for IADL membership, you can complete our secure online form. You will need to submit information about your institution or organization, including contact and ownership information and details of your operations management and policies.


The above information will only be used to provide you with optimum customer service and to respond to your submitted enquiries. We will not sell or disclose your information to any unauthorized third-party.  All online forms accessed directly from this site use a 128 bit Secure Socket Layer for the privacy and security of your data.


IADL is in full compliance with United Kingdom data protection legislation. Should you have questions or concerns about our privacy policy, please send an email to:




IADL Membership

While IADL makes every effort to implement due diligence procedures, ensure the suitability of every applicant for membership of the IADL, and to secure compliance by our membership with the Code of Practice, the International Association for Distance Learning and its officers and staff accept no responsibility or legal liability, expressly or impliedly, for the business operations and practices or conduct of any IADL Member.


Membership of IADL does not imply that a Member is fully-compliant with local laws and/or local or national government regulations regarding the provision of educational, training or business products and services in the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which the Member is located, or in any jurisdiction in which it offers such products and services.  IADL makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability of information, products or services offered by our membership.


It is the strict responsibility of potential students, trainees, learners, employers, clients, business associates and other interested third-parties to determine the bona-fides and fitness-for-purpose of any IADL Member and the products and services it offers, before entering into any business transaction or contract for services.


The International Association for Distance Learning is an independent organization offering elective evaluation of performance capability and quality assurance benchmarking for providers of open, distance and online learning programmes. Membership is open to course-providers regardless of geographic location and subject to terms and conditions imposed by IADL.  We have no affiliation with any local, regional or national government body.



Membership Applications

Application for membership of the IADL is an entirely voluntary process undertaken by an institution, organization, or course-provider. IADL reserves the right to accept or refuse any application as it deems fit, on a case-by-case basis and without giving reasons for acceptance or refusal. Any part or parts of the published application process or required conditions for membership may be varied, abridged, or waived completely at the absolute discretion of IADL and without formal notice. 


Successful applicants will be issued an invoice in respect of the membership fee, which must be settled within seven working days.  Failure to pay within the stated time, or failure to complete other application formalities, will result in cancellation of the offer of membership, and a prohibition on submitting further membership applications to IADL for a period of three years.  


We reserve the right to request full payment of the annual membership fee in advance, or payment of a security deposit, before processing any membership application and completing due-diligence procedures. The amount of any security deposit will be deducted from the first annual Membership Fee, if the application is successful. If the application for membership is unsuccessful, we will refund any advance payment or security deposit less a 20% administration fee.



Consumer Complaints and Disputes

While IADL cannot act in any legal or quasi-judicial capacity, we will investigate consumer complaints made against Members and, with the express permission of both parties, can act as liaison or in informal arbitration to assist in the resolution of disputes. The parties will not be legally-bound by any resolution and the service is offered without prejudice to the rights of the parties under the general law.  Members found to be in breach of the IADL Code of Practice may, however, be additionally subject to disciplinary action.



Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This website, its contents, and the terms and conditions of membership of the International Association for Distance Learning are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts.