09 June 2019 marked World Accreditation Day, a global initiative established by ILAC and IAF to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme focused on how accreditation adds value to supply chains.
80% of trade involves elements of testing, calibration, inspection and certification activities, collectively known as conformity assessment. Accreditation is the independent evaluation of Conformity Assessment Bodies against recognized standards to ensure their impartiality, competence and consistency. Accreditation, therefore, plays an important role in reducing the costs of trade and doing business, enhancing technology transfer, and increasing investment.
The Chairs of both organizations have released a joint statement to introduce the importance of the theme and how accreditation can support government, regulators and businesses by providing widely accepted tools that help deliver value to supply chains. A brochure and poster have also been produced to include examples from around the world to demonstrate how accreditation operates across all sector supply chains.
In addition, a video to support WAD 2019 has been released and is available in over 20 different languages on the IAF/ILAC YouTube channel.
To learn more about local World Accreditation Day events, or to find other WAD materials that are available in your language, please contact your local IAF Member.
Follow ILAC and IAF on Twitter to see outcomes from World Accreditation Day activities across the globe. If you are active on social media use the hashtag #WAD2019.
We hope everyone had a safe and happy World Accreditation Day 2019!