WS-Policy is an abbreviation for the Web Services Policy Framework specifications, members of the core Web Services architecture specifications. Web Services Policy Framework specifications are currently published by IBM, but also include BEA Systems, Microsoft, SAP AG, Sonic Software, and Versign as other named contributors.
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WS-Policy defines a general-purpose XML-based model and syntax that may be used to describe and communicate the policies that inhere to any Web-based service. In other words, WS-Policy assertions express the capabilities and constraints that apply to some particular Web service to which they pertain.