On 9 June, the World Accreditation Day is celebrated across the world. The main topic in this year is “Delivering confidence in construction and the built environment”. Standards and conformity assessment, carried out by an accredited body, are instruments, which provide support to the construction sector in all of its processes, starting from designers, architects, engineers, manufacturers, contractors, owners and managers of buildings, to the public sector, regulators and control bodies – for development of appropriate legislation, as well as for ensuring of environmental protection and public safety and trust.

Construction is a significant area of national economy as it is related not only to the economic development of the state, but also to environmental and public safety. The challenge in the construction sector is to strive for reduction of costs and gaining profit, at the same time, ensuring and improving construction quality and creating safe environment both at the construction site and in the built environment in the long-term perspective.

Accreditation gives confidence concerning safety and sustainability by creating a system, which helps entrepreneurs to control risks, improve work efficiency, ensure conformity to the regulatory framework and gain confidence in the quality of suppliers. Thanks to accredited testing, calibration, inspection and certification, customers, suppliers and each party involved in construction processes can be sure, that construction projects will be implemented efficiently, construction environment will be safe and safe materials will be used.

Laboratories are accredited for testing of construction products, raw materials, technical materials, equipment, acoustics and air leakage. Calibration laboratories specialize, for example, in calibration of acoustics, mass, tightness, volume, force, rotation, pressure, liquids, temperature and humidity.

Accredited certification of quality, environment, occupational safety and health, as well as energy management systems facilitates appropriate control of processes in construction companies, ensuring efficient implementation of projects, control of their impact on environment and energy efficiency, as well as safe working environment for builders. Also accredited inspection bodies perform inspections related to quality, for example, inspection of welding and welding procedures, pressure vessels, pipelines, lifting devices.

Accreditation provides support to the construction sector, helping to move towards smarter, cleaner and safer construction, providing confidence in safety of labour force at the construction site, competence of construction specialists, quality and origin of construction products and raw materials, energy efficiency of buildings, quality of designs and architecture, safe installation of electricity and gas networks and long-term sustainability of buildings.

For consumers, accreditation gives confidence in safety of general infrastructure of new and existing buildings, sustainability of commercial and residential buildings, impact on environment and energy efficiency.
Additional information about the World Accreditation Day (in English)

For reference

The World Accreditation Day is a global initiative, initiated in 2018 by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation and availability of information about benefits and advantages of accreditation.

07.06.2017

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