World Accreditation Day 2023
9 June 2022 marks World Accreditation Day, a global initiative established by ILAC and IAF to promote the value of accreditation.
This year’s theme, Accreditation: Supporting the Future of Global Trade focuses on how accreditation supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 14, and 17.
It aims to draw attention to how accreditation and conformity assessment are adapting to advances in technology, changes in consumer behaviours and regulatory environment, new trust mechanisms, and changing business models.
One of the primary roles accreditation plays in supporting global trade is in the removal of technical barriers to trade (TBTs). By demonstrating confidence, quality infrastructures have provided businesses with access to a wider international marketplace, whilst simultaneously improving the quality and safety of imports from those economies.
Accreditation aids world trade by supporting regulators, business and consumers in meeting their diverse needs, whether they be technical product safety, good governance, climate change, energy, fair markets or public confidence.
Supporting the future of global trade for World Accreditation Day 2023 demonstrates how national and global quality infrastructures are adapting to advances in technology, changes in consumer behaviours and the regulatory environment, new trust mechanisms, and changing business models. As vital today as it was decades ago and will be in the future, accreditation continues to support world trade for consumers, businesses and governments & regulators alike.