Motherboard-Vice has published an article about Apple’s IRP program’s business contract and the some of the terms it contains; most notably, Apple demands businesses collect repair customer name/phone/address data and allow Apple to perform unannounced inspections of repair shops even five years after leaving the program. Both demands are presented as being part of enabling Apple to better to search for counterfeit or IP-infringing parts.
According to their sources, the business contract is only available after signing an NDA, so the application process would look something like this:
- Submit IRP Pre-screen Application (Independent Repair Provider Program Overview and Notification of Interest) - current version: 2019-11 PDF form
- … potentially other steps here
- Signing of NDA
- Business contract described by Motherboard-Vice
There is also mention of a Independent Repair Provider Manual which the contract references, presumably that too is under NDA.
Edit: added to news story thread.