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World Accreditation Day 2017

Testing, inspection and certification systems manage workplace and environmental risk in the building supply chain



—Sponsored article by CSA Group

World Accreditation Day is a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to raise awareness about the importance of accreditation, and the critical role it plays for industries across the globe.

In fact, thanks to an increasingly global supply chain, the rapid growth of technological advancements, and the safety and performance requirements needed to keep up with the changing landscape, testing, inspection and certification services have never been more important. Accreditation is key to ensuring the competency of the company performing these tasks, and confidence in the products and services provided.

The benefits of accreditation

When companies work with an accredited organization, they can be sure they are working with an organization that continuously demonstrates competency in the areas of testing, inspection and certification.

When working with internationally-recognized accreditation bodies, companies can also have confidence that they’re working with an organization that has a firm understanding of requirements across the globe, as accreditation provides a common framework for governments, regulators and industries worldwide, opening the door to global multilateral certification schemes and reducing global testing requirements and trade barriers.

Accreditation also means the company is aligned with governments, regulators and relevant authorities, and that its products and services meet safety and quality requirements across various sectors.

Accreditation in the building supply chain
Each year, World Accreditation Day takes on a different theme to demonstrate the importance of accreditation across various sectors. This year, the theme focuses on how accreditation delivers confidence in the construction and built environments.

Accreditation, in fact, covers many components in the building supply chain, from construction products and materials, building techniques and practices, to onsite health and safety, environmental impact and the use of digital technology in smart buildings.

Accreditation helps ensure the safety, security and sustainability of construction projects and the built environment by providing a system that helps manage workplace and environmental risk, drive energy efficiency and demonstrate compliance with regulations.

Accredited testing, calibration, inspection and certification services give suppliers, purchasers, specifiers, governments and regulators the confidence that construction sites will run efficiently and safely, use reliable materials, meet regulatory compliance when complete, and will remain sustainable over the long term. It also helps ensure existing buildings will continue to be safe.

In the construction sector, accreditation is used by policy makers, local authorities and regulators to support construction-based regulations, environmental protection, public safety, fraud prevention, public trust and innovation.

CSA Group’s expertise
The construction industry is one of the many sectors where CSA Group has expertise, offering internationally-accredited testing, certification and standards solutions for construction, buildings and infrastructure. The organization works with regulators, industry groups and stakeholders across the globe to develop standards that address a wide range of subjects, including resiliency, sustainability and the protection of building assets. In fact, the CSA mark, which appears on billions of products around the world, is widely recognized and accepted by safety inspectors, code officials, safety experts, workplace safety committees, leading product manufacturers and major product distributors and retailers.

Additional details
CSA Group is one of the many organizations in more than 100 countries across the globe that celebrates World Accreditation Day. Participating countries and organizations will host events and seminars, and provide important information about the value of accreditation to building owners, operators, contractors, manufacturers, designers, architects, structural and civil engineers, as well as anyone else working in the construction sector.

SOURCES:
SCC World Accreditation Day Q+A Draft 5-31-17
ilac.org/news-and-events/world-accreditation-day/
www.iaf.nu/upFiles/Joint_Statement__2017_Rev2_April.pdf
www.csagroup.org/industries/construction-buildings-infrastructure/
WAD 2017 Brochure

About CSA Group:
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous location and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org
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