SCC recently welcomed customers and accreditation experts in Toronto for a celebration of World Accreditation Day 2019.
This global initiative was established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation — formal, third party recognition that an organization is competent to perform specific tasks.
The keynote speech at the event was delivered by George Tranquada, Executive Vice President, Technical Integrity at CSA Group. He addressed the theme Accreditation: Adding Value to Supply Chains, and described SCC accreditation as a “passport” to global markets.
Mr. Tranquada also noted the importance of accreditation to health and safety, citing a market survey published in January 2018 by the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA) and the International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organisations (CEOC). The survey found that products certified by accredited, independent third parties were significantly less likely to have dangerous faults.
“We should all feel quite privileged and have significant pride in the work that comes out of accreditations,” Mr. Tranquada said. “And when we see the products that are in the marketplace, you can have confidence that those products have gone through a very rigorous program.”
Speakers from SCC-accredited laboratories also gave presentations at the event. They included Eileen Reid, Manager, Corporate Quality and Compliance at Dynacare, who said SCC accreditation is highly valued by her company.
“The Standards Council of Canada’s brand name is well-recognized throughout Canada, and by clients who actually approach us because of the accreditations that we hold,” said Ms. Reid.
Stacey Sainte-Marie, Quality Manager with Wyndham Forensic Group, said accreditation by SCC demonstrates a laboratory’s ability to deliver high-quality results.
“They’re setting this bar, and we’re showing that we’re rising to the level of that bar,” said Ms. Sainte-Marie. “It’s going to help instill confidence in our customers, and when we’re testifying, instill confidence in the jury that we’re producing quality work.”
Accredited bodies are thriving in the Canadian marketplace, according to SCC research. Between 2004 and 2014, employment in conformity assessment businesses increased by 109 per cent, while revenue increased by 59 per cent — a testament to the value of the system and the important service it provides.
Elias Rafoul, SCC’s Vice-President of Accreditation, highlighted SCC’s commitment to meeting the needs of the organizations it accredits.
“Products and services on the market are changing at a rapid rate,” said Rafoul, who was joined at the event by SCC chair Kathy Milsom and CEO Chantal Guay. “Our accreditation programs are evolving to reflect that.”