2020 was an exceptional year for the quality infrastructure community. COVID-19 affected all aspects of life around the world, and tested the robustness of our systems and the flexibility of our processes to respond in a timely manner to new and sudden needs.
I am immensely proud of IAF, our organization, and all of our members for rising to the occasion and for the great work done during these difficult times.
New unprecedented decisions and practices were agreed and implemented in a very timely manner to support the global fight of the pandemic and to allow economies to continue operating using accredited conformity services that are vital to continue day to day operations around the world.
Of particular importance was the very fast transition of IAF, ILAC and their regional cooperation organizations to conducting their activities virtually - from meetings to webinars, training and peer evaluations.
The fight against the pandemic not only united us further, but it also allowed us all to step up with new ways of serving the quality infrastructure community globally.
International organizations stepped up efforts to achieve an unprecedented level of cooperation and exchange of experience under the umbrella of e.g. the OECD, UNIDO and the INetQI network for Quality infrastructure, where IAF is very active and will assume the Chair during the year 2021.
All this could not have been achieved without your support and contribution.
It is clear that the key word that describes our community during the year 2020 was “cooperation”, proving that together we are stronger!
While it is clear that the pandemic will be with us for some time yet, and will clearly continue to affect operations in 2021, and that the coming year will have its own challenges, based on our success in 2020, I am confident we will weather the storm and wish you a happy and safe 2021 and look forward to continuing our journey to make the world a better place.