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IAF and ILAC Announce International Accreditation Day

New York, May 07, 2008

ILAC-IAF Poster for International Accreditation Day The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) have joined forces to declare June 9, 2008, the first International Accreditation Day. This celebratory occasion will promote public awareness and understanding of the value of accreditation in the global market.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Trust.” Accreditation is now widely accepted as a valuable way to build trust between economies and societies around the world. Accreditation also builds trust between consumers and the products and services that they use.

Delivering Trust in the Global Market

Multilateral Recognition Arrangements (MLAs) – like those established by ILAC and IAF – reinforce the value of accreditation on an international scale, eliminating the need for costly multiple assessments and reducing technical barriers to trade. ANSI is a signatory to several MLA programs, including:

  • IAF MLA for product certification bodies [see related article]
  • Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) MLA for product certification bodies [see related article]
  • IAF MLA for ISO 9001 quality management systems (through ANAB)
  • IAF MLA for ISO 14001 environmental management systems (through ANAB)
  • ILAC MLA for laboratory accreditation (through ACLASS)
  • Asia-Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) MLA for laboratory accreditation (through ACLASS)
  • Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) MLA for laboratory accreditation (through ACLASS)

Consumers can be assured that when a product or service is evaluated and certified by an accredited certification body, it has met the necessary standards for safety and competence.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) values the importance of accreditation in enhancing consumer safety and international trade. ANSI provides accreditation for Product Certification Programs, Personnel Certification Programs, and Standards Developers. Additionally, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) provides accreditation for management systems certification bodies. Accreditation services for testing and calibration laboratories, reference material producers, and inspection bodies are provided by ACLASS, an ANAB Company.

Organizations are encouraged to celebrate International Accreditation Day by carrying out promotional activities that raise awareness of the significance of accreditation. The ILAC website provides a promotional poster (in low-res and high-res), a joint statement from the Chairs of ILAC and IAF, supporting statements from organizations including the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

To learn more about International Accreditation Day, read the ILAC press release.

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