World Accreditation Day 2022

World Accreditation Day 2022

World Accreditation Day (WAD) is a global initiative established by the Internation Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to promote the value of accreditation.

World Accreditation Day is 9 June 2022 with the theme of ‘Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment’. The world economy relies heavily on natural resources provided by healthy ecosystems, and yet we continue to put these ecosystems through enormous stress and consume resources at an alarming rate. Accreditation, alongside other quality infrastructure tools including metrology, standardization, conformity assessment and market surveillance, can support the shift to a circular economy and more sustainable forms of production. Use of standards can help organizations adopt more eco-friendly practices, with accredited conformity assessment providing assurance that organizations are meeting requirements and fulfilling claims.

Meet our new Sector Manager

Keeping in line with this years theme, we would like to introduce Sherri Lehmann, the new JAS-ANZ Sector Manager – Sustainability and Environment. Since graduating from her Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in 2002, Sherri has dedicated her career to help mitigate the effects of human activity on the environment. Sherri has worked in the government, private and tertiary sectors ranging from assessing the health of waterways across Victoria and New South Wales, developing and implementing sustainability strategies for organisations, to the design and development of sustainable buildings. The JAS-ANZ Sustainability and Environment Sector consists of schemes with certification standards that consider the environment and sustainability such as sustainable forest management and timber traceability certification schemes, the e-waste scheme with a shift towards circular economy, and the Environmental Management Systems Scheme. The JAS-ANZ Sustainability and Environment sector is contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with particular focus on goals 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

More on our Sustainability and Environment Sector

The JAS-ANZ Sustainability and Environment Sector consists of schemes focussed on reducing the impact of economic activities on the environment, whilst supporting long term economic growth and contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Accredited certification and inspection of products, processes and people, conformity assessment, has a ripple effect through the market chain, right to the consumer. It gives consumers confidence that their purchases meet specified standards. There are two Chain of Custody (CoC) accreditation schemes within the sector, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) CoC and Responsible Wood CoC. The CoC schemes provide evidence of an organisation’s commitment to forest or tree-based products being sourced from sustainable forests, as identified with the PEFC mark, and gives confidence to the retailer or end consumer that products are either sourced or produced from material than can be traced back to certified sustainably managed forests, and not illegally logged. Forests are a major driver for sustainable economic growth (SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth) and the two CoC schemes align with, but not limited to, SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

 

More on World Accreditation Day:

IAF and ILAC Joint Statement

SGS Celebrates World Accreditation Day

Video by IAF and ILAC