Held annually on June 9th since 2008, the World Accreditation Day initiative was created by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to underscore the value of accreditations for personnel, laboratories and organizations working in the global economy. This year, World Accreditation Day events aim to address the importance of ensuring the continued use of accreditation and quality infrastructure (QI) services such as metrology, standardization, conformity assessment and market surveillance to support the successful implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Strengthening sustainable policies and practices
Seeking to influence global, regional and national development, 17 SDGs and their 169 associated targets rely on recognized and relevant accreditation and QI to achieve interrelated priorities of creating shared prosperity, advancing economic competitiveness and safeguarding the environment. Accreditation helps to ensure products and services meet specified standards requirements and provides policymakers, businesses and stakeholders the technical knowledge they need to implement, measure and monitor the diverse objectives and targets listed in their unique sustainable development goals. Supporting policy objectives affecting cross-border trade, food safety, health and environmental protection and industrial and infrastructure development, accreditation strengthens the technical and operational foundations critical to already established as well as evolving societies.
Founding organizations, strategic potentials and pandemic lessons
The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) maintain a close strategic partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as it acknowledges the importance of accreditation in achieving the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development focused on ending poverty and promoting global social and environmental progress. In sectors ranging from affordable housing and energy efficiency to circular economic models and healthcare, this inspiring strategy is expected to create up to 380 million jobs and opportunities valued at 12 million US dollars. The recent “Quality and Standards and Their Role in Responding to COVID-19” publication examining the effects of the novel pandemic on trade demonstrates the importance of this partnership and the significance of accreditation in rectifying negative impacts and bolstering sustainable development goals.
The importance of accreditation in sustainable strategies
World Accreditation Day provides a forum in which to share examples of how accreditation can be used to increase trade, address health and safety concerns and improve overall economic quality output. This year’s theme has been selected to ensure the continued relevance of accreditation especially in regard to rapid technological innovation and Industry 4.0 as well as dangers due to climate change, pollution and declining natural resources.
The 2021 World Accreditation Day will be celebrated in over 100 countries with multiple events, workshops and seminars designed to highlight accreditation throughout all types of supply chains for ultimate SDGs application and management.