Accreditation and Quality life -Nigel Jou, The APLAC Chair -

Nigel Jou
The APLAC Chair


 In 2013, JAB celebrates its twentieth anniversary of continuous contribution in the area of accreditation. On behalf of our 38 members, it is my great honor as APLAC Chair to send our sincere congratulations.

In Asia, the task of accreditation presents a particularly huge challenge given the highly variable status of development and loose organization across all member economies. We need to assist developing economies to establish or strengthen their accreditation system by providing training resources and experience exchange. In this regard, JAB has been, and we expect will continue to be, a proactive force. At the same time, it is important to maintain the influence and visibility of talents from Asian countries in the global forums on the cutting edge development of accreditation. Outstanding members from JAB, such as former IAF Chair Dr. Takashi Ohtsubo, immediate past PAC Chair Mr. Shinichi Iguchi and current APLAC BoM Member Mr. Yoshinobu Uematsu, have contributed greatly in this aspect.

Over the years, the field of conformity assessment has developed with the demand of quality life. It’s been known that the well-being of human depends on economic wellness, but it depends as much on the wellness of the physical and mental health, and also on the wellness of natural environment, workplace and social environment. The future development of accreditation shall continue to be tightly linked with these concerns to cover safety, health, and topics related to environmental protection, such as renewable energy and sustainability. More and more technical regulations have been adopted as a result of higher standards of life worldwide. However, this trend also created a barrier to cross-border trading and economic integration.

In recent years, technical barrier to trade (TBT) became a type of trade barrier causing critical impact. All these technical barriers can be effectively addressed with the IAF and ILAC accreditation system. The structure of existing regional organizations of trade is relatively complicated and loosely organized compared with that of current cooperation of accreditations, such as APLAC. This clearer and less-overlapping structure of accreditation lends a great starting point for negotiation efforts towards reduction of TBT.

As the CEO of Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF) I am privileged to have seen TAF and JAB having many pleasant interaction and successful collaboration in the past. In the future, TAF is more than happy to work closely with JAB in enhancing accreditation support of trade agreement between Taiwan and Japan.




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