Independence Dogs Austria is a member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF). IGDF is a non-profit worldwide organisation that supports people with visual impairments. Members meet strict standards and admission requirements. These are reviewed every 5 years by specially trained experts. The opportunity for worldwide exchange of experience among guide dog trainers through IGDF seminars is invaluable.
The Messerli Institute is commissioned by the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs to conduct assistance dog examinations and to assess the assistance dog teams at regular intervals thereafter. They also certify and monitor the assistance dog training schools in Austria.