OFMAR was initially founded in 2013 to establish the mechanism to recognise and accredit Martial Art schools across the industry in the United Kingdom.
OFMAR is currently undergoing an application to become the Inspector and body certification agency under the UK Accreditation Service UKAS. In November 2018 OFMAR was granted permission from the Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport and Physical Activity [CIMSPA] and the Government to draft the Standard for Instructor Certification and launch its online portal for the national registration of Martial Arts Instructors. In November 2018 the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport [DDCMS] approved the launch of the OFMAR Online Portal.
OFMAR is now the information data host controller for all the schools, clubs and instructors and associations that operate within the boundary of the United Kingdom.
OFMAR acts as the central registration facility for all Martial Art schools at a national level with an agreed yearly reporting function to the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport and the Government Policy Review Team. OFMAR will continue to release statistics and other service related work under its own name, but its main function is to service and report fairly and accurately the data it holds and to honour its agreement with the Government.
If the application with UKAS is successful OFMAR will be audited annually under ISO 17020 as OFMAR will be the inspectorate for Martial Arts to accredit and approve schools that meet its defined objective criteria and subsequently be awarded the body certification to operate.