About us

Home of the worldwide PDF technical community

We are an international collaboration of member organizations and individuals engaged in a vendor-neutral platform for developing open specifications and standards for PDF technology. Together, we are driving the world’s digital document format into the 21st century and beyond.

The most useful aspect of my membership with the PDF Association is access to the community, and the opportunity to help drive development of resources and content that advance the industry, and that are driven by the industry."

Martin Bailey, CTO, Global Graphics

Why join the PDF Association?
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The PDF Association, e.V. was founded as the PDF/A Competence Center in 2006. In 2011 the organization broadened its scope to cover all aspects of PDF technology. 

Today, the PDF Association's membership spans businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies and individual consultants from across the globe. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the PDF Association operates a wholly-owned subsidiary non-profit organization, PDF Association, Inc., in the United States.

As a Category A liaison to and Committee Manager of ISO / TC 171 / SC 2, the PDF Association provides a pathway to participation in new ISO standards development. 

How does the PDF Association community benefit from membership?

  • A vendor-neutral technical community, including members-only events
  •  Venues for engagement with vertical industries
  • Collaborative development of application notes, best-practices and other resources
  • Specification and reference development
  • Forums for stakeholders' concerns, questions and suggestions
  • Shared knowledge and experience

PDF's end users benefit from PDF industry collaboration from greater security, reliability, quality, functionality and interoperability in their experience of electronic documents.

Mission statement

As adopted by the Board of Directors on November 30, 2023, the Mission of the PDF Association is:

Delivering a vendor-neutral platform for developing open specifications and standards for PDF technology.


Download our charter (PDF). E-Mail: editors@pdfa.org


The PDF Association is grateful in particular to its Partner member Dual Lab for hosting Confluence and Jira instances on the industry's behalf.