IOF Punching System Approval Process

Posted on | August 21, 2012 | Category: News

The IOF has now published the procedure to obtain approval for electronic punching systems. Only approved punching systems can be used in IOF events.

Suppliers who wish to obtain approval for a new system must notify the IOF that they wish to commence the approval process.

The supplier will be required to submit documentation about the system together with detailed reports from national competitions where the system has been used successfully. The IOF Rules Commission will manage the process and will consult with the relevant discipline commissions and the IOF IT Commission. A new punching system can be proposed for use with just one discipline (foot, ski, MTB or trail orienteering) or with several disciplines.

If the IOF agrees that the system meets the criteria, then the system will receive provisional approval. A provisionally approved system may be used at IOF World Ranking Events (WREs). Provisional approval will last for two years and can be converted to permanent approval when the system has been used successfully at a minimum of four World Ranking Events.

Once, a system is finally approved for WREs, organisers of IOF Events (World Championships etc.) may request that the system be used for their event. It will then be subject to a process designed to support the Organiser and Event Adviser in ensuring proper handling and implementation of the system.

More information can be found in the pdf document on the IOF website – IT  – Electronic Punching:

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