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‘Setting up Accreditation Bodies in Developing Economies: A guide to opening the door for global trade

UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) launched a new publication that seeks to provide a comprehensive description of the steps leading to the establishment of accreditation bodies in developing countries. The authors explain that accredited conformity assessment can provide confidence in non-trade arenas such as the monitoring and measurement of progress towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets.

The report, titled ‘Setting up Accreditation Bodies in Developing Economies: A guide to opening the door for global trade,’ is an update of the 2003 UNIDO Publication, titled ‘Laboratory Accreditation in Developing Economies.’ The 2016 report is comprised of two parts.

The first part focuses on the need for accreditation and the benefits that an accreditation system can bring to good governance. It provides policymakers with a framework for establishing an accreditation body or partnering with neighboring economies to form a shared system, which can bring an economy closer to its trading partners through mutually recognized arrangements of accreditation.

The second part offers practical advice and building blocks to those who are tasked with establishing an accreditation body. It presents information on the essential operational requirements for accreditation bodies, and outlines available resources, as well as potential challenges. Case studies then follow to offer an illustration of practical applications of the guidance provided in the publication.