Standards, accreditation and conformity assessment are market-based tools that can be used by Government policy makers to deliver better regulation, environmental protection, public safety, fraud prevention, fair markets and public trust. These tools are not as widely known and understood, or used, as they should be. However, there are many instances around the world where the public sector has embraced accredited conformity assessment as a means of delivering public policy objectives.
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Ten different international technical organizations (BIPM, IAF, IEC, ILAC, ISO, ITC, ITU, OIML, UNECE, UNIDO) have joined forces under The Network on Metrology, Accreditation and Standardization for Developing Countries (DCMAS) to face sustainable development challenges and fight poverty.
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Accreditation, including accredited calibration, testing, medical testing and inspection, plays a vital role in delivering confidence in everyday life.
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Accreditation is the independent evaluation of conformity assessment bodies against recognised standards to carry out specific activities to ensure their impartiality and competence. Through the application of national and international standards, government, procurers and consumers can have confidence in the calibration and test results, inspection reports and certifications provided.
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Accreditation is used to support the work of Regulators. Accreditation provides confidence in the competence and integrity of conformity assessment activities that can be used to support the implementation of government policies and regulations that impact on health, welfare, security and the environment. This short film explores the benefits of accreditation for governments, markets and consumers.
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