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PDF Association

Mission Statement: To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.
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Using PDF/UA in accessibility checklists

PDF/UA, like PDF itself, is internally complex, but used correctly, actually makes things easier.

PDF Association expands its board of directors

Catherine Andersz of PDFTron Systems, Alaine Behler of iText Software and Peter Wyatt, ISO Project Leader for ISO 32000 enrich the newly elected board of the PDF Association.

PDF Days Europe 2018 concludes with record number of attendees

Richard Cohn, Principal Scientist at Adobe and the co-author of PDF 1.0, gave the opening keynote at the PDF Days Europe 2018.

Interview with René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, about PDF Days Europe 2018

René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, will be hosting a presentation titled “Introducing ISO standards for PDF “processing steps” and “print product metadata”” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives some background information about it.

Interview with Roman Toda, CTO of Normex, about PDF Days Europe 2018

Roman Toda, CTO of Normex, will be hosting a presentation titled “Encryption with PDF 2.0” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this interview he gives some background information about it.

Further information on PDF/A

The PDF/A Competence Centre, today a part of the PDF Association, was founded very shortly after PDF/A first appeared as an ISO standard. This international organisation aims to promote the development and usage of PDF standards. To that end, the PDF Association targets users, developers and decision-makers equally and helps its members exchange information worldwide.

The portal to the PDF Association 

A good starting point for anyone with questions about PDF/A or PDF in general is the PDF Association’s website. At www.pdfa.org, you can find information in English and German about current development, from all relevant industries and from suppliers worldwide. Comprehensive background information and example applications explain the technology behind PDF/A and its use in practice. You can view a video-on-demand series about PDF/A and other PDF standards. The website offers an overview of PDF- and PDF/A-related software products and services.

Users can contact the Association with specific questions. To do so, simply register on the website and describe your request on the discussion forum. Specialists and practitioners from around the world will provide informed answers and suggestions.

PDF Association events

The PDF Association attends international trade shows and other events on subjects such as document management, digital media and electronic archiving. For years the Association has also organised specialist seminars and technical conferences around the world. Companies and public authorities seeking a speaker on PDF/A for their event can find support at the PDF Association: interested parties can simply enquire about a presentation using a form at www.pdfa.org.

Some countries also have direct contact persons in the Association’s local chapters. For a complete list, including contact details, please visit the Association’s website.


Anyone aiming to work actively to develop and expand use of the PDF standard can become a member of the PDF Association, whether an individual or an entire organisation.

Membership allows a company to present itself on the PDF Association’s portal and to publish its own announcements, press releases and articles on the website. They can also present their software solutions and services within the Association’s product showcase. The Association also has especially favorable terms for presenting products and strategies at trade shows and other events. Members also have exclusive access to the Association’s intranet.

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