June 9, 2020 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2020), a global initiative established by ILAC and IAF to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme focuses on how accreditation supports food safety, bolstering the confidence of consumers, suppliers, purchasers, and specifiers in the quality and safety of food.
A joint statement released by the IAF and ILAC Chairs introduces the importance of accreditation in food safety, noting how it ensures competent and impartial inspection, certification and testing services in every part of local, national, and international food chains. In doing so, accreditation supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3).
IAF and ILAC have produced a brochure and poster to highlight worldwide examples of the role accreditation plays in food safety; further examples and research are available on the Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites. A video is also available on the IAF/ILAC YouTube channel. IAF and ILAC welcome interested parties to add their logo to the materials, and to encourage their customers and stakeholders to do the same.
Follow IAF and ILAC on Twitter for more information about accreditation in the food safety sector in the days leading up to WAD. Although the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing policies may disrupt physical WAD events, you are encouraged to celebrate online using the hashtag #WAD2020.