June 9, 2017
orld Accreditation Day, held annually on June 9, is an initiative of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperative (ILAC), to foster global awareness of the importance of accreditation.
This year’s theme is:
Accreditation: Delivering confidence in construction and the built environment
Construction and the built environment industries provide critical employment opportunities in communications, design, engineering, infrastructure, and transportation while playing a crucial role in the realization of safe homes, secure businesses, and reliable platforms for transit, commerce, and education.
Traditionally the World Accreditation Day in Belarus was celebrated with an awarding ceremony "Competence 2016" hosted by the Belarusian State Centre for Accreditation June 9, 2017 in Minsk.
The contest "Competence 2016" was held among the conformity assessment bodies accredited in the National Accreditation System of the Republic of Belarus that confirmed a high level of technical competence and quality of services in the course of the assessments in 2016. A set of criteria was fixed in the Regulation on the contest. The winners were selected in accordance with these criteria by a special panel.
All in all, 12 certification bodies and laboratories were recognized as most competent and were awarded special "Competence 2016" prizes and diplomas.
It should also be noted that this year for the first time 2 assessors in construction and the built environment received special prizes and diplomas.
According to Tatyana Nikolaeva, the Director of the Belarusian State Centre for Accreditation, the contest is a favourable opportunity for conformity assessment bodies to build up their image as a state-of-the-art service provider. It also helps draw attention of the authorities and top enterprises of the country to the added value of the accredited conformity assessment activities. It is believed that such events contribute to raising social awareness about competent conformity assessment as a basis for confidence in the quality and safety of goods and services.