World Accreditation Day 2016

Each year we celebrate World Accreditation Day on 9 June.

This global initiative was established to raise awareness of the importance and value of accreditation.

The theme for World Accreditation Day changes each year and in 2016 we’re focussing on Accreditation: A Global Tool to Support Public Policy and the support accreditation delivers as a tool for all areas in the public sector.

In their joint statement, Xiao Jianhua (Chair of the IAF) and Pete Unger (Chair of ILAC), said:

“Accreditation is a global tool that helps to address local, national and international needs for governments.

Standards, conformity assessment and accreditation are all market based tools that can be used by Government policy makers to deliver better regulation, environmental protection, public safety, fraud prevention, fair and efficient markets and public trust.

There are four clear ways the public sector can benefit from accreditation and other conformity assessment tools:

  • Government can help improve the performance of business by encouraging the use of conformity assessment by minimising risk and promoting trade.
  • Accredited conformity assessment can help government deliver and enforce its policies
  • Conformity assessment helps regulators regulate
  • Government can improve its own performance by using conformity assessment in its own departments.”

To explain the use of accredited conformity assessment, an excellent website has been established at  to showcase different examples of where accreditation has been used to support public policy efforts.