June 9 is World Accreditation Day. This year’s day of action will focus on the contribution of accreditation to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
The 2030 Agenda was adopted by the member states of the United Nations on 25 September 2015. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which in its goals combines economic, social and environmental dimensions, accreditation plays an important role. In terms of achieving the total of 17 goals for sustainable development, accreditation as a key component of our quality infrastructure offers numerous ways and means of ensuring that the framing of development steps is in fact sustainable on the basis of proven competence and comparable quality standards.
In cooperation with other institutions within the quality infrastructure, such as metrology, standardisation, conformity assessment and market surveillance, accreditation provides the technical basis for the functioning of developed and developing societies. It paves the way for industrial development, international trade, competitiveness in global markets and the efficient use of natural and human resources, food safety, public health and environmental protection.
Foundations for the fight against climate change
The use of accredited services supports the global response to the threat of climate change. They play a key role in energy efficiency programmes, energy generation from renewable sources and public energy generation from renewable sources, and public policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions.
Economic development and prosperity through the reduction of trade barriers
Accreditation contributes to making decent work possible and supporting the growth of prosperity and the economy. It creates competitive domestic markets and facilitates trade for both importers and exporters by removing technical barriers to trade.
Sustainability in production
Accredited conformity assessment ensures that food is fit and safe for consumption and that poor quality, unhealthy or environmentally harmful products do not reach the market. Without accredited services, sustainable agriculture and food production would be all but impossible, because accredited conformity assessments help to ensure that these sectors operate in accordance with internationally uniform standards.
World Accreditation Day was jointly established by the global accreditation networks International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The day of action is a global initiative that aims to highlight the role of accreditation in the safety and quality of products and services, consumer protection and international trade.