On the occasion of World Accreditation Day celebrated every year on 9th June, the Mauritius Accreditation Service (MAURITAS) organized a half-day seminar on accreditation.
The theme for the Year 2016, as jointly declared by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), was “Accreditation: A global tool to support Public Policy”.
Around 60 participants attended the event, comprising personnel from Testing and Calibration Laboratories, Certification bodies and Inspection bodies from both the public and private sectors. Guests from the National Standards body, Regulatory Authorities and Government Bodies were also invited.
The Director of MAURITAS delivers his speech during World Accreditation Day 2016
Guests and Participants during World Accreditation Day 2016
On that day, MAURITAS carried out a presentation related to the theme of World Accreditation Day 2016. The programme also included presentations from the Forensic Science Laboratory and the National Environmental Laboratory on accreditation as a tool that helps Government to support public policy in the areas of public security and environment protection respectively.
A video film jointly prepared by ILAC and IAF on the occasion of World Accreditation Day 2016 was also played during the event.
Furthermore, an award ceremony was held where certificates of accreditation were handed over by the Minister to three (3) newly accredited laboratories namely:
- Albion Fisheries Research Centre (AFRC) Laboratories (Testing Field: Chemical)
- Alteo Refinery Ltd Laboratory (Testing Field: Chemical)
- Les Moulins de la Concorde Ltee Laboratory (Testing Field: Food Testing)
Albion Fisheries Research Centre (AFRC) Laboratories (Testing Field: Chemical)
Celebration of World Accreditation Day 2016 raised awareness among the personnel of the laboratories, certification bodies and inspection bodies. It also brought focus on the importance of accreditation and reiterated how accreditation could be used as a tool to support Public Policy by Government in order to deliver better regulation, environment protection, public safety, fair and efficient markets and public trust.