Application process for the IFCN code of principles
Please follow instructions closely and provide all necessary details. Incomplete applications cannot be submitted. If this is your first application, we strongly recommend you read our report on the first year of the code of principles before submitting, in order to get a sense of some of the the best practices around the world.
The information shared through this form will be made publicly available if the signatory is verified.
The application process entails a non-refundable fee (US$ 200). This fee offsets part of the cost of hiring an external assessor to evaluate the application. Applications will not be considered unless the fee has been paid. No part of the fee covers any costs of the IFCN at Poynter.
Evaluation of the applicant's respect of the code of principles is conducted by external assessors. They are selected for their expertise in journalism and disciplines related to fact-checking in the region where the aspiring signatory operates. They are paid US$ 350 per assessment by the IFCN.
The assessors evaluate each applicant using this checklist and then recommend their approval or rejection. The IFCN interim Board confirms the findings with at least 4 favorable votes.
*The board members are Angie Holan (PolitiFact), Clara Jiménez Cruz (Maldito Bulo), Glenn Kessler (The Washington Post Fact Checker), Govindraj Ethiraj (FactChecker.in), Laura Zommer (Chequeado), Peter Cunliffe-Jones (Africa Check) . Board members recuse themselves from voting on their own organization.
If the assessor recommends rejecting an application, the applicants can
- Make edits and re-apply an unlimited amount of times. The application would be assessed anew by a different assessor and therefore incurs the $200 fee.
- Appeal to the IFCN board if they believe the assessor ignored or misrepresented evidence provided by the application. The board can request a new assessment, invite the organization to apply again or reject the appeal.
Approved signatories can put a badge on their site indicating that they have been found to be compliant. It will be issued by the IFCN after approval.
Within a year after being approved and every year thereafter, approved signatories need to re-apply and submit a cover letter to renew their verification.
Violations of the code in between assessments will be evaluated by the board and could result in the verified signatory's removal from the list. Read more about the IFCN complaints policy.