The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) have designated June 9 as World Accreditation Day. Celebrated annually, this event is intended to raise awareness around the globe of the importance of accreditation-related activities.
"By being accredited, we get regular assessments, so we can have someone that can come in and evaluate what we’re doing and highlight any areas for improvement. I think that’s important, because you don’t really get a lot of interaction with other places—so it’s very important to have independent assessors to come and have a look at what you’re doing. You have the confidence in the results generated by ISO 17025.”
Dianne Culley, Quality Assurance Specialist of Accreditation, Courtland Microbiology Laboratory at Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario