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 28 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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Recent Articles

  • PAF Code of Practice Update

    Following discussions between the PAF Advisory Board and the Address Management Unit within Royal Mail, it has been agreed that the PAF Code of Practice for address changes will in future be reviewed when considered appropriate by both parties. This is likely to be in response to issues raised by customers, significant changes to the […]

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  • The Postcode Address File Moving Forward

    The PAF Advisory Board and RM Address Management Unit representatives are holding a special open discussion meeting in November 2018 to look into the future development of PAF.  We would welcome written input from both Solution Providers and End Users of PAF with suggestions for additional data items that could be added to PAF.  These […]

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