Today, Thursday 9th June, marks World Accreditation Day 2016 as a global initiative. World Accreditation Day has been jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) in order to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation across the world.
The day is celebrated globally, as major national events and seminars are hosted; with vast media coverage to communicate the value of accreditation to international governments, regulators and business leaders alike.
2016’s World Accreditation Day’s focus is on how accreditation can be a global tool to support public policy for all areas in the public sector – both national and local government and regulators.
Public Sector Assurance have provided a helpful video explaining exactly what accreditation is. Watch it here!
What is accreditation?
Accreditation determines the competence and integrity of organisations offering conformity assessment services – including certification bodies like the British Assessment Bureau. Accreditation can be used to verify compliance with a standard and is an impartial process carried out by third-parties. Accreditation offers the most widely accepted route for the provision of credible and trustworthy conformity assessment results.
Which UK based certification bodies are accredited? Check now!
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the only national accreditation body here in the UK. They are appointed by government to assess organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.
Benefits of accreditation for government
• Government can help improve the performance of businesses by encouraging the use of conformity assessments;
• Government can rely on accreditation bodies to minimise risks and promote trade;
• Accredited conformity assessment can help government deliver and enforce its policies;
• Private sector uses accreditation in order to deliver confidence in the market place;
• Accredited conformity assessment helps regulators regulate;
• Government can improve its own performance by using conformity assessment in its own departments.
Benefits that accreditation provides
Accredited bodies can support the following functions;
• Verification of conformity with standards and regulations
• Demonstration of organisation’s competence
• Assessment of risk management
• Enforcement of safety regulations
• Safety of drinking water and food
• Environmental protection
• Oversight of health and social care services
• Control of commerce and trade
• Trade facilitation
• Efficient delivery of public services
• Conduct of forensic investigations
• Investigation of product of process failures
As a UKAS accredited certification body we’d like to help spread the word on the importance of UKAS accredited ISO certification to create a win-win situation for buyers and suppliers. It’s important to remember that not all certification bodies are equal.