Happy World Accreditation Day!

Today (June 9) marks World Accreditation Day and this year’s focus is on how accreditation supports the delivery of health and social care.

A joint statement issued by Pete Unger, Chair of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Randy Dougherty, Chair of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) discussed the choice of this year’s theme, “Health and social care have the same goals as virtually all sectors, striving to deliver services that fulfil a balance of quality, economic, social and environmental needs, all ultimately aiming for excellence. Health and social care’s excellence is driven by the need to provide assurance and confidence to patients, families, regulators and health and social care providers.”

The primary purpose of accreditation in the health and social care sector is to ensure that all service users can be sure that they are receiving a consistent high level of care through a framework for providers to improve their processes and environment through standards including ISO 13485 (Quality for medical device manufacturers). There are a range of benefits to accredited certification for both health and social care providers and patients alike which are discussed in the World Accreditation Day brochure.

Join in the conversation with us by following @LRQA and using #WAD2015. For more information about LRQA's range of services for standards including ISO 13485, email enquiries@lrqa.com.