Tomorrow, June 9 will be celebrated worldwide as World Accreditation Day 2018. It is a global initiative, jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.
This year’s theme focuses focuses on how accreditation delivers a safer world (official poster attached).
The expectation of safe workplaces, safe products, safe transport, safe food, in fact all aspects of our lives is universally shared. Statistics however show that the expectation is not being matched by the reality. Closing this gap is a vital consideration for government, regulators and businesses, aiming to keep people safer in their work, their domestic life, their journeys and all other parts of their lives.
Providing a safe working environment should not be seen as a regulatory burden, but as a way to:
- reduce costs
- lower employee absence and turnover rates
- suffer fewer accidents
- lessen the threat of legal action
- protect reputation for corporate responsibility among investors and customers and,
- increase productivity through a healthier and better motivated workforce
The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards continues to work arduously towards attaining our own accreditation for several microbiological analyses we perform. We hope to obtain this accreditation in the not too distant future.
Our Bureau welcomes your continued support as we promote standards, conformity assessment and accreditation, in an effort to fulfill our mandate to protect human health the environment.