World Accreditation Day Focuses on Food and Water
This year's World Accreditation Day, to be celebrated June 9,
will focus on how accreditation supports the availability of safe
food and clean drinking water. The theme for the celebration is
"Accreditation - Supporting Safe Food and Clean Drinking
In a joint statement, Randy Dougherty, Chair of the
International Accreditation Forum (IAF), and Peter Unger, Chair of
the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC),
stressed the importance of access to sufficient food and water.
"It is critical that consumers have confidence in the safety,
security, and authenticity of the food and water they consume,"
Dougherty and Unger said. "This confidence is gained through the
application of common food safety management systems, supported by
credible testing and inspection regimes, both within the national
economy but also across international borders from source to
While a growing number of organizations provide services such as
laboratory testing and calibration, inspection, and certification,
accreditation is the means by which these organizations are deemed
impartial and competent to provide their services. Accreditation
bodies sign arrangements managed by IAF and ILAC that support the
acceptance of accredited results and certificates across national
borders and eliminate the need for redundant tests, checks, and
Major events, press campaigns, workshops, and seminars will take
place in conjunction with the celebration of World Accreditation
Read the IAF-ILAC statement on World
Accreditation Day 2012
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