GCF is governed by two executive committees:

  • Steering Group
  • Board of Directors

Steering Group (SG)

Open to all members, the Steering Group(SG) is GCF's primary decision-making body.  The SG conducts the main business of GCF and agrees new 'Work Items' that will define new GCF Certification Criteria.

Board of Directors

The Board fulfils the statutory obligations of Global Certification Forum (GCF) Ltd.

GCF organisation chart


Agreement Groups implement GCF's technical work based on Work Items agreed by the Steering Group:

Conformance Agreement Group (CAG)

  • Develops and maintains certification criteria that relate to a product's "conformance" to industry standards
  • Tests will typically be validated and run on commercial system simulators

Field Trial & Interoperability Agreement Group (FTAG)

  • Develops and maintains criteria Field Trial test scenarios and interoperability use cases

IoT Agreement Group (IAG)

  • Focuses on the testing and certification requirements for 'Internet of Things' and IoT devices that make use of mobile connectivity

Performance Agreement Group (PAG)

  • Develops and maintains the GCF Performance Metrics programme which:
    • Complements GCF Certification
    • Defines standardised methods for reporting on product attributes that do not relate to introperability - e.g.  battery life and data througput

CDMA Conformance Agreement Group (CAG2)

  • Develops and maintains "conformance" certification criteria for products that incorporate CDMA2000  (3GPP2) wireless technologies
  • Develops and maintains GCF Test Specifications for CDMA2000 (3GPP2) products
  • Collaborates with the CAG2 to ensure seamless integration of new test items into the 3GPP2 certification criteria