ISCF is delighted to announce that they are have launched a National Standard for Self-Catering Accommodation in Ireland. Holiday Homes are the accommodation of choice in 2021, but “there needs to be an accepted national standard which properties need to reach, to keep customers in Ireland happy. When International Markets Return the requirement for an assessment system for the country to ensure properties meet the standards of guests is essential’ stated Máire ni Mhurchú Chairperson of the ISCF.
Property owners will need to join the Irish Self-Catering Federation on this link. Then sign up to the Code of Ethics and 3rd Party Quality Assurance Framework. When approved members can list properties on the Federation website LetsGoSelfCatering.ie . There is no commission for booking on this site which goes through to the owners booking calendar directly.
The Irish Self-Catering Federation has developed a 3rd Party Quality Assurance Framework which is recognised by Failte Ireland as a standard for Self-Catering in Ireland . The On-Line Self -Assessment form, one for individual members and one for Business Members.
By completing this, you will be agreeing to the ISCF Code of Ethics and legislative requirements and are committing to a consistent approach to quality for your properties. You as the member, will receive the ISCF Quality Mark which can be used on all of your properties. As part of our commitment to standards, the ISCF will carry out a visit to 20% of members annually.
f you are already part of the Failte Ireland Framework you do not need to be part of the ISCF Framework but you do have the choice to be part of either or both! In any event, if you as a member are not part of the Failte Ireland approval system for all properties in your portfolio, it is now a mandatory requirement of membership to complete this On-Line Self Assessment to be part of the ISCF Quality Assurance Framework.
What are the advantages of this new Quality Assurance Programme?
- It is run by the Irish Self Catering Federation for Members
- It strengthens the ISCF’s lobby as an advocate for our accommodation sector
- It provides reassurance for visitors whenever they choose self catering accommodation in Ireland
- You can avail of the supports/grants provided by Failte Ireland, such as the Covid Safety Charter
- Display your property on www.discoverireland.ie.
- It means that www.letsgoselfcatering.ie when launched can now be actively promoted to the markets at home and abroad because all properties are part of a Quality Assurance programme
What do I need to do now?
Members will complete an on-line submission form – for Individual Members or for Business Members, sent by the ISCF.ie office. They will have already competed their membership application form as Self-Catering business owners. Once the 3rd Party Quality Assurance online form has been approved members will be permitted to add property to the online LetsGoSelfCatering.ie site, with all bookings going directly to members. Assesment will be manditory and carried out in Spring and Autumn by trained Assessors. Failte Ireland will have an oversight role in the Assesment which is managed by the Irish Self-Catering Assesment Team. This is an on site and visual inspection with all documentation on display.
The Third Party Quality Assurance Framework will be rollled out nationwide by the Irish Self-Catering Federation from August 2021 onwards. Self-Catering owners are very concious of their customers safety and can now apply for Covid-19 Safety Certification from Failte Ireland once they already have the THird Party Quality Assurance Certification. From 2022 onwards Self-Catering owners can display the Thrid Party Quality Assurance Framework Mark on thier properties and website. This ensure the best quality of accommodation for a holiday in comfortable, safe and repaxing holiday anywhere in Ireland. Contact the Irish Self-Catering Federation office on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.