World Accreditation Day (WAD) is celebrated every year on 9 June every year.
- WAD is a global initiative established by International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
- The day is celebrated to promote the role of accreditation in trade & the economy.
Theme of 2021:
- The theme for WAD 2021 is “Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
Purpose of Accreditation:
- Accreditation has an important role in supporting the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to meet objectives such as increasing trade, addressing environment and health and safety concerns, and improving the general overall quality of output in an economy.
National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) and National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), the two accreditation boards of the Quality Council of India (QCI) have organized a Webinar on 2 SDGs to commemorate the event. They are:
- SDG Goal 3: Good Health and Well Being
- SDG Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitization.
What means accreditation?
- Accreditation is a third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body (such as certification body, inspection body or laboratory) conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks (such as certification, inspection and testing).
- NABL is a Constituent Board of Quality Council of India.
- It is an autonomous body set up under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India (GoI).
- It was formed in 1988 with the objective to provide Government, Industry Associations and Industry in general with a scheme for third-party assessment of the quality and technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories.
- It is headquartered in Gurugram, Haryana.
- The current CEO of NABL is N. Venkateswaran.