Silver Jubilee of Accreditation in the Czech Republic
March 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the issuing of the first accreditation certificate in Czechoslovakia. A lot has changed since then. The Czech Republic and Slovakia became independent states, the economy has developed, and new industries have arisen. There have been great breakthroughs in science and technology, as well as an evolution of approach to the environment and to the importance of quality of services and management in daily life. The European Union was established and has been expanding and strengthening its role in Europe ever since. Free movement of goods and services has become imperative for markets worldwide and accreditation became an essential tool to reach this aim. To commemorate this important anniversary, the Czech Accreditation Institute (CAI) is preparing to publish a book about the past 25 years of accreditation in various perspectives. A number of newspaper articles and interviews regarding accreditation and its 25th jubilee in the Czech Republic have also been published.
The most significant event in the 2016 Silver Jubilee festivities was a celebratory seminar held by CAI on 18 March 2016 in partnership with members of the Czech Senate, which was attended by a number of esteemed guests including the Executive Secretary of the European Co-operation for Accreditation, Dr. Andreas Steinhorst, and representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Significant representatives of public and private authorities operating in the accreditation system as well as renowned experts in its various sectors attended the event and gave presentations focusing on the use of accreditation in their respective fields. Important speeches were given, interesting information was told, outstanding figures of the Czech accreditation system received awards for their extraordinary contribution to the creation and development of the Czech accreditation system, and best wishes were given to CAI for its future work and development. The seminar was concluded by musical entertainment by the Clarinet Quartet of the Prague State Opera and a toast to the future of accreditation. Then the festivities continued informally in the historic lounges of the Waldstein Palace.
CAI has also formed and trained its own multidisciplinary running team for the 2016 Volkswagen Prague Marathon Relay, comprised of an accreditation program manager for building and other laboratories, a deputy director of the department of laboratories, an accreditation program manager for inspection bodies and product certification and, of course, a lawyer. The CAI running team finished the race in 04:08:05 with massive support from their colleagues and families, setting a time to beat for next year’s runners.CAI shall continue celebrating the Silver Jubilee of accreditation in the Czech Republic with various events taking place in 2016 and invites you to join the festivities. Let’s toast together to the next quarter-century of accreditation!