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On June 9, 2017, SGS celebrates World Accreditation Day 2017, a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.


This year’s theme, “Accreditation: Delivering Confidence in Construction and the Built Environment”, focuses on how accreditation can support professionals in the construction industry, ranging from contractors, manufacturers and designers to architects, civil engineers, and regulators.

Standards, accreditation and conformity assessment are market-based tools that can be used in the construction sector to cover construction products and materials, building techniques and practices, on-site health and safety, environmental impact, and use of digital technology in smart buildings.

How can accredited certifications benefit the construction sector?

The construction sector is complex and highly competitive, and provides challenges for companies seeking to improve margins, and reduce costs whilst improving build quality and ensuring a safe environment on site.

With a growing world population, and around half of that population living in urban areas, the need for commercial and domestic construction, as well as infrastructure increases. At the same time, there are diminishing natural resources, pressures on public and private finances, and requirements placed on the environmental impact and long-term sustainability of construction projects.

Accreditation supports the construction sector to control risk, help drive efficiency, demonstrate regulatory compliance, and provide supply-chain confidence.

Accreditation can support the sector to meet its need for smarter, cleaner and safer construction by providing:

  • Assurance into the safety of the workforce on site
  • The quality and origin of construction products and raw materials
  • The energy efficiency of buildings
  • The quality of design and architecture
  • The safe installation of electrical and gas network
  • The long-term sustainability of buildings

What benefit does accreditation provide?

For government and regulators, accreditation:

  • Reduces the need for central and local government to employ its own specialist assessment personnel
  • Provides assurance to government to rely on commercial providers of evaluation and inspection services in the construction sector
  • Enables innovation and dissemination of good practices
  • Builds a more competitive economy and removes barriers to trade
  • Builds supply-chain and public trust for activities which impact public confidence, health and safety or the environment

For Construction Companies, accreditation provides:

  • Confidence that manufactured products and raw materials are safe and meet specification, thereby reducing potential delays, product failure, and project costs
  • A safe working environment for employees
  • Confirmation of due diligence in the event of legal action

For manufacturers of construction products, accreditation:

  • Ensures that reliable measurements, tests and inspections are carried out in compliance with best practices to limit product failure, reduce down-time and control manufacturing costs
  • Provides competitive advantage and facilitates access to export markets
  • Recognition from regulators and supports approval processes
  • Demonstrates due diligence in the event of legal action

For building owners and facilities managers, accreditation provides:

  • A safe and efficient environment for businesses and other types of organizations
  • Testing, inspection and certification services to monitor the safety of the building environment
  • An informed choice and confidence in chosen suppliers

For consumers, accreditation provides:

  • Confidence in the safety of new and existing buildings and the general infrastructure
  • Confidence in the claims made about sustainability, environmental and energy performance of commercial and domestic buildings

Our portfolio of accredited solutions supports compliance with regulatory requirements, helps to increase government revenue, facilitates trade, and promotes efficiency, good governance and sustainable development. As an accredited conformity assessment body, we can offer a wide range of solutions to help organizations understand the requirements of the various ISO standards. These include offering IRCA-approved training courses, carrying out needs assessments and providing action plans for compliance with standards.

For more information on World Accreditation Day 2017 and how accredited conformity assessment can support the construction sector, please visit the ILAC website.

For more information, please contact:

Anna Amato
Senior Global Marketing Manager
SGS S.A.
t: +1 201 448 0377

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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 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.