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IA Japan “Economic Benefit of Accreditation” Seminar
held at METI

On February 10th, 2014, Mr. Jon Murthy, Marketing Communication Manager at UKAS and Chair of ILAC Marketing and Communications Committee (MCC) & IAF Communications Marketing Committee (CMC) spoke in Tokyo for the seminar titled “Economic Benefit of Accreditation” hosted by Japan Accreditation Council (JAC) at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). 

With a keen interest in learning more about the economic roles and impact of accreditation in the UK, the seminar was attended by over 50 attendees representing regulators and accreditation bodies such as METI, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Food and Agricultural Materials Inspection Center (FAMIC), IAJapan, JAB, JIPDEC and VLAC. 

As JAC Secretary, Mr. Ichiro Fujima, Chief Executive, IAJapan introduced and appreciated Mr. Murthy for his effort to extend his stay and travel to Tokyo from Kyoto where the ILAC MCC / IAF CMC meetings were held.

(Mr. Ichiro Fujima, Chief Executive, IAJapan gave an opening remark at the seminar)

 Mr. Murthy introduced his organisation, UKAS as well as background information on what drives accreditation in UK before discussing the “Economic Benefit of Accreditation” based on The Economics of Accreditation Report* which gained attention among attendees as they continue to find more ways to engage and support government and regulators.

(Mr. Jon Murthy, Marketing Communication Manager, UKAS and Chair of ILAC MCC & IAF CMC spoke at the seminar)

Major drivers of accreditation for business in UK, as explained by Mr. Murthy, are removing technical barriers to trade, supporting competition/productivity and reducing insurance cost while accreditation drives better regulation, reducing government expenditure / duplication and maintaining independence for government and regulators. Mr. Murthy then summarised the structure of the research, data sources and findings of The Economics of Accreditation Report and how each accreditation service adds up to a total estimated value of accreditation at more than £600m a year. 

Reflective questions were raised by attendees regarding the Report as well as ongoing development of new services by UKAS. The seminar provided a valuable opportunity to learn and explore application of the roles and impact of accreditation to local market and discuss how UKAS develops new services. 

*The Economics of Accreditation Report: This is a research report published in March 2013 as the first extensive study on the economic roles and impact of accreditation in the UK commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and partly funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) led by researchers at Birbeck, University of London.

Full details can be found in The Economics of Accreditation Report (click here).

A summary of the main findings can be found in a Summary Report (click here).

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