|A joint statement from the Chairs of ILAC and IAF
June 9th 2009 will mark International Accreditation Day, a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities.
Building on the success of the inaugural international accreditation day in 2008, which saw the hosting of major national events, seminars, and press campaigns in over 50 countries, an even greater level of activity will take place this year to communicate the value of accreditation to Regulators, businesses and the general public.
The theme of the day this year is ‘competence’. Accreditation provides an independent and authoritative attestation of the competence, impartiality and integrity of conformity assessment bodies (CABs). Accreditation that is internationally accepted and meets international standards, thereby providing confidence in the accuracy and reliability of testing, inspection and certification.
Standards and accreditation play an increasingly important role in improving the operations of the marketplace and promoting growth and trade. Many factors have contributed to this such as mass production, a growing demand for interchangeable parts, globalization, manufacturers’ concerns about litigation, demand for cheaper and cheaper goods, public demand for product safety and concerns about technical compatibility between products.
In such a complex and highly competitive market, a level of confidence is required when procuring products or services. Such reassurance is underpinned by accreditation. Specifiers, like Government regulators, have come to appreciate the importance of credible accreditation programs that are based on internationally-recognized standards. With restricted budgets, many Regulators can no longer do it all themselves and increasingly, they must rely on third-party organisations to support their regulatory efforts. When they do so, they need a fair and meaningful basis for identifying qualified and competent providers. Accreditation provides this declaration of competence.
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