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May 31, 2018

On June 9, 2018, SGS celebrates World Accreditation Day, a joint initiative of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) which aims each year to raise awareness of the need for universally recognized standards in the commercial, government and nonprofit sectors.

Statistics show that, in all aspects of our lives, there is a gap between expectation and reality in regard to achieving safe workplaces, safe products, safe transport, and safe food. Government, regulators and businesses must consider how they can close this gap. In light of this, the theme for this year focuses on the use of accreditation to deliver a safer world.

Standards, accreditation and conformity assessments are market based tools that can be used in various sectors to identify health and safety risks and develop objectives, policies, processes and controls to minimize these risks. Completed projects, raw materials, products, processes, services, management systems and individuals can be evaluated against standards, codes of practices and regulatory requirements by testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, certification bodies, and validation and verification bodies – collectively known as conformity assessment bodies – which ensure that products and services are safe for use.

Jeffrey McDonald, Executive Vice President, Certification and Business Enhancement at SGS, states, "As the leading certification provider in the space, we fully support IAF's and ILAC's commitment to creating awareness of the need for universally recognized standards. From a marketing perspective, it is our goal to demonstrate the real operational, business and financial benefits that certification compliance can bring to any organization."

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To learn more about World Accreditation Day 2018, please visit the ILAC website.

For further information, please contact:

Anna Amato
Senior Global Marketing Manager
t: +1 201 448 0377

About SGS

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.