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» IAF and ILAC Launch WAD 2024 Poster Contest


IAF and ILAC have launched a poster contest to develop the official poster for World Accreditation Day (WAD) 2024! All interested parties are welcome to explore our theme of Accreditation: Empowering Tomorrow and Shaping the Future, with a chance of winning the first-place prize of 1,500 USD or the second- or third-place prizes of 500 USD.

This year’s WAD theme will highlight the role that accreditation can play in shaping various aspects of life, from technology to transportation, sustainability to security, and inclusivity to innovation, as digitalization, new technologies and growing sustainability concerns continue to change our world.

IAF and ILAC will explore how accreditation enables the development of innovative technologies, and how it can facilitate the integration and adoption of these technologies, particularly in industries and supply chains where precision, safety and quality are critical. We will examine the important role of accreditation in promoting trust in digital technologies, including by supporting cybersecurity and privacy. We will also highlight how accreditation supports sustainability, helping businesses and consumers make informed choices. In each of these areas, mutual recognition arrangements such as the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) and the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) play a vital role in enabling organizations to transcend geographical borders and industry boundaries.

This theme relates to many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals). Case studies and research on benefits that accreditation can provide in support of this theme are available on the Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites.

We welcome individuals to submit up to three entries at https://bit.ly/48AgVQu by the submission deadline of 09 February 2024, 23:59 UTC. The contest rules, including instructions for how to submit entries, are available here.

Read about last year’s winner and runners-up here.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!