Providing Independent Advice on the Postcode Address File

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Welcome to the PAF® Advisory Board

The Postcode Address File for the United Kingdom (PAF®) is maintained by Royal Mail and is the most accurate, up-to-date and complete address database in the UK. It contains 32 million addresses and, typically receives 1.5 million updates a year.

The PAF Advisory Board was created in 2007 to give independent advice to the Address Management Unit of Royal Mail on behalf of PAF users. Its members cover independent postal operators, value added resellers of PAF, web based companies, mail users and public sector users. It is independent of Royal Mail and Ofcom. Through involvement with users of PAF at a senior level and encouragement to potential users the board aims to tender reliable and relevant advice to promote a wide use of the PAF, on a fair basis, to the overall well-being of the UK.


What is the role of the PAF Advisory Board?

  • Representing the views of PAF users

  • Developing the PAF Licence structure and terms

  • Promoting the wider potential of PAF in support of the UK economy

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  • New PAB Member – November 2023

    The PAB is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Hartland, COO of Data8, as a member of the Advisory Board. Richard is a former member of the PAF User Group. He brings a wealth of experience from senior leadership roles across the data industry, and through co-founding Data8, where he currently leads on solutions production, […]

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  • Keeping your PAF up-to-date

    All users of PAF Are your mailing addresses sufficiently up to date? When did you last update your mailing list? On average, the PAF file records over 50,000 changes per month. These include new addresses, changes to existing address details and removal of addresses which are no longer operational. The PAF file is updated daily. To ensure you are […]

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