Thursday, June 10, 2010

Global Acceptance becomes theme of World Accreditation day '10

New Delhi, Jun 9 (UNI) Global Acceptance became the theme for this year's World Accreditation day as it plays an important role in the support of competitive markets and cross-border trade.

Jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), this worldwide initiative is celebrated every year this day to raise awareness of the importance of
accreditation-related activities.

''Global acceptance of accredited certificates is a central pillar of accreditation as it provides businesses and regulators with confidence that products entering the market conform to specification, meet national legal and regulatory requirements,
therefore serving to protect public interests in general,'' a spokesperson for Quality Council of India (QCI) said today.

He explained that in global trade, reassurance in the measurements, tests, inspections and certification performed in another jurisdiction was essential.

''Without these standards, the free exchange of goods and services would be hampered by technical barriers, thereby increasing costs for importers and consumers,'' he said.

QCI, the apex accreditation body of India, was mandated to create an accreditation infrastructure in the country in line with the developments around the world and obtain international acceptance of conformity assessment.

This was sought to be accomplished through the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) and National Accreditation Board for Education
and Training (NABET).

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