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Accreditation delivers a safer world by safeguarding people's wellbeing and strengthening national policy implementation BSMI, MOEA September 17, 2018
Organization: Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, M.O.E.A., R.O.C.        Publish Date: 2018-10-05 11:04
To celebrate World Accreditation Day 2018, promote the right concept of accreditation and highlight its contribution to a safer world, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) and the Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF) together held “World Accreditation Day 2018 Seminar and TAF 15th Year Anniversary Celebration” at National Taiwan University Hospital’s International Convention Center on September 17. The event is also a celebration of the 15th year anniversary of the TAF, a non-profit organization that offers third-party accreditation services in Taiwan.


The theme of this year’s World Accreditation Day focuses on how accreditation delivers a safer world. Experts from home and abroad, as well as representatives from government agencies, were invited to share their insights on the application of accreditation and its contribution to safety. In the seminar, they discussed with participants about the value of accreditation and how it benefits safety. They believed that, under the principle of fairness, independence and transparency, an efficient, credible accreditation system can contribute to the development of domestic evaluation systems, safeguard the well-being of people and strengthen national policies implementation.


In his opening speech, BSMI Director-General Liou Ming-Jong said that technology makes our lives easier by enabling us access to a variety of goods and services. However, when it comes to maintaining living quality and a good living environment, safety is no doubt the most important issue. The safety of the people is listed as a priority by government agencies in policy promotion. In the same way that the BSMI safeguards consumer goods through commodity safety inspection, the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Food and Drug Administration is responsible for the safety of food and drugs, the Ministry of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration looks after labor safety and the Council of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine is accountable for the safety of agricultural products and animal inspection. This big safety net constructed by the government, inclusive of different fields, is built on an accreditation system that can enhance policy implementation and quality management. The ultimate goal is to create a safer living environment for people living in Taiwan.


In the seminar, Pacific Accreditation Cooperation Chair Chang Kwei-Fern talked about the contribution of accreditation to safety from the viewpoint of Asia Pacific. Meanwhile, Lucyna Olborska from the Polish Center for Accreditation and Dusadee Munkwamdee from Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology shared their experience about how accreditation delivers safety in European and Southeast Asian countries. Head of the Ministry of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and representatives from the Council of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection, the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Food and Drug Administration and the BSMI were also invited to share their insights on how regulation, policy, accreditation and evaluation activities are all linked together. They also elaborated the benefit of accreditation to safety.


With the growing prevalence of safe living and national policy implementation, the BSMI said that the role of accreditation is becoming more and more important in Taiwan. This year’s World Accreditation Day seminar not only helps align domestic accreditation system with international practice but also makes known accreditation’s benefit to safety to government agencies, companies and consumers.Taiwan's accreditation system, which is based on international standards, exemplifies how accreditation delivers world safety and verifies the TAF's 15th anniversary slogan: Accreditation brings safety.


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