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Jun 9, 2022

Belize Recognizes World Accreditation Day

World Accreditation Day is being recognized today under the theme Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and Environment. To mark the day, the Belize Bureau of Standards held an online forum with Belizean businesses. Industry presenters shared on the importance of accreditation to increasing global competitiveness. David Guerra, the metrology officer  at the Belize Bureau of Standards, shared these important details on accreditation.


David Guerra

David Guerra, Metrology Officer, Belize Bureau of Standards

“I think everybody agrees that companies are in the business to make money. They do that by providing a product to a service of value that meets the needs and desires of consumers. It is something that consumers are willing to pay for. But, that transaction is more than just a product and paying for it. The market is demanding more from companies, especially in the international market. Products are not being purchased based on face value. Not because a company places quality or high standards means the market will accept it as such. Yes, the market wants to know how the product was manufactured, but more and more markets are requiring third party certification, or third party attestation that the company is conforming to the standards of the processing of the products to ensure the products is safe for humans, that it has a reasonable shelf life, that no child labor was used in the making of the product, and especially that no harm was done to the environment during processing. This is that delicate balance between maintaining a healthy economic growth and not causing significant problems for future generations, or rather meeting the needs of humans in a manner that sustains natural resources and environment for future generation.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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