World Accreditation Day

Date & Location- 9 June 2023

NABCB and NABL Celebrates World Accreditation Day 2023

World Accreditation Day (WAD) is a global initiative established by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF), celebrated on 9th June every year to raise awareness on the importance of accreditation amongst all relevant stakeholders. To commemorate the World Accreditation Day (WAD) National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) and National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), the two constituent boards of the Quality Council of India (QCI) organized events at different parts of countries with main event being held at Delhi and parallel events in other cities namely Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Lucknow on the theme “Accreditation: Supporting the Future of Global Trade”.

The inaugural session had presence of eminent dignitaries including Mr. Sanjiv, Joint Secretary, DPIIT; Mr. Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Capacity Building Commission; Mr. Jaxay Shah, Chairman, QCI & Dr. R.P. Singh, Secretary General, QCI.

Dr. R. P. Singh in his welcome address stressed that a robust accreditation system ensures that an organization reaches a high level of quality and standards and the boards of QCI NABCB & NABL have a significant role to play in enlightening about Accreditation.

The WAD 2023 joint message by the IAF-ILAC chair was read by Mr. Rajesh Maheshwari, CEO, NABCB. The message read “Accreditation and Conformity Assessment are two very important factors to demonstrate that a product being placed on the market complies with all legislative requirements”

The theme address was delivered by Mr. Sanjiv, Joint Secretary, DPIIT. In his address, Mr. Sanjiv said Quality is a fundamental right of each and every citizen and that’s where accreditation comes into the picture. Further, he said proper Accreditation and Certification will definitely ensure quality for everyone.

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Capacity Building Commission, in his keynote address, dwelled upon the role of quality and accreditation in making India a developed nation by 2047.

Mr. Jaxay Shah, Chairman, QCI in the inaugural address highlighted how accreditation helps businesses showcase their commitment to quality, safety, and sustainability, which is crucial in meeting the expectations of conscientious consumers. He also highlighted the important role played by accreditation to ensure that our products and services are not just ‘Made in India’ but ‘Made in India with Quality’ meeting the expectations of conscientious consumers. Further, he explained the vital role accreditation plays in fostering a culture of continuous improvement in Indian businesses.
The inaugural session concluded with Vote of Thanks delivered by Mr. N. Venkateswaran CEO, NABL wherein he thanked all the eminent speakers for taking out their precious time and physically addressing the gathering and all the participants for their presence.
The inaugural session was followed by Technical Session 1 & 2 with a focus on Accreditation: Supporting the Future of Global Trade. The session 1 was chaired by Mr. Deep Kapuria, Chairman NABCB. He stressed upon the role of Standards, Conformity Assessment in providing a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of the link between standards, product testing and certification, and economic performance. The eminent speakers include Ms. Jyoti Yadav, Director, Deptt. Of Commerce; Mr. Rajneesh Khosla, Scientist – F, Bureau of Indian Standards; Mr. Aseem Sahu, Dy. Drug Controller (India), CDSCO & Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh, Deputy Director, FSSAI.
The session – 2 was chaired by Dr. M. Karthikeyan, Director, MPEDA. Other speakers in the session include Dr. Prashant Seth, Joint Deputy Director General, FIEO; Dr. Saswati Bose, General Manager, APEDA and Dr. R.K Trivedi, Executive Director, NSAI. The deliberations by speakers, who are experts in their field, dwelled on topic related to the role of accreditation in supporting trade.

The event was moderated by Ms. Varsha Misra, Deputy Director, NABCB and received  an overwhelming response with more than 1500+ participants attending the events physically at different locations and 500+ participants attending the event virtually. To celebrate the occasion and raise awareness about accreditation, NABCB organized a quiz competition. The quiz competition received a positive response with more than 100 participants participating in the quiz

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