9th June 2022 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2022), a global initiative to promote the value of accreditation.
This year’s theme is Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment. The world economy relies heavily on natural resources provided by healthy ecosystems, and yet we continue to put these ecosystems through enormous stress and to consume resources at an alarming rate. Accreditation, alongside other quality infrastructure tools including metrology, standardization, conformity assessment and market surveillance, can support the shift to a circular economy and more sustainable forms of production. Use of standards can help organizations adopt more eco-friendly practices, with accredited conformity assessment providing assurance that organizations are meeting requirements and fulfilling claims.
A brochure providing more information is now available, as well as a joint statement by the IAF and ILAC Chairs and an official WAD 2022 Poster.
The Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites, which contain case studies, research and supporting materials demonstrating the benefits and value of accreditation, can provide more information on how accreditation can support sustainability.