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Celebrating Accreditation Day: Ensuring Quality for a Better Future

Created by Don Agaj & Ariana Hoxha |

Accreditation has a long and significant history, originating from a need to establish a standardized system to evaluate and improve quality in education and other sectors. The concept of accreditation began in the late 1800s as a voluntary effort by a few educational institutions seeking agreement on standards for distinguishing colleges from secondary schools.

The Beginning of Accreditation

Accreditation has a long and significant history, originating from a need to establish a standardized system to evaluate and improve quality in education and other sectors. The concept of accreditation began in the late 1800s as a voluntary effort by a few educational institutions seeking agreement on standards for distinguishing colleges from secondary schools. This early initiative laid the foundation for what has evolved into a sophisticated process used worldwide today[1].

Accreditation serves as a crucial step to ensure quality and trustworthiness in various industries. Before the concept of accreditation took hold, different organizations operated under their own sets of rules, leading to inconsistency and uncertainty. This lack of uniformity often resulted in subpar products and unreliable services, leaving consumers and businesses alike at a disadvantage.

The Need for Quality Assurance

To address these challenges, the idea of accreditation was born. Accreditation involves a rigorous process where an independent, authoritative body evaluates and verifies that organizations meet specific standards of quality and competence. This process helps to establish a level playing field and ensures that consumers can trust the products and services they use.

By implementing accreditation, industries could adopt best practices, adhere to consistent standards, and continuously improve their offerings. This step was essential in building a foundation of trust and reliability, which in turn spurred innovation and progress across various sectors.

The Impact of Accreditation

The introduction of accreditation led to significant improvements in the quality of services, products, and practices. Industries such as healthcare, education, and technology began to see the benefits of adhering to accredited standards. Products became safer, services more reliable, and practices more efficient.


In the healthcare sector, accreditation ensures that hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities meet stringent quality standards. In the US, 80% of hospitals are accredited by a single organization, The Joint Commission, which support hospitals into navigating the process and interpreting standards.[1] Accreditation results in better patient care, improved safety protocols, and enhanced treatment outcomes. In addition, patient satisfaction scores for accredited hospitals are consistently higher than 90%, showcasing the efficacy of accreditation in guaranteeing high-quality medical care and satisfying patient experiences.[2] Accreditation also helps healthcare providers stay up-to-date with the latest medical advancements and best practices, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.


Accreditation also allows individuals to build trust and reliability in the technology industry. For example, organizations that have earned the ISO/IEC 27001 certification from accredited certification bodies are more likely to be trusted by 84% of consumers, and with good reason.[3] Accreditation allows customers and staff to see company dedications to best practices in a different light, giving them security in certain products and services. In addition, such certified companies can stand out in the market due to the safety and reliability of their partners, therefore strengthening their reputation and building useful connections with clients and collaborators.


In the education sector, accreditation ensures that institutions provide quality education and meet established standards. In education, accreditation guarantees that schools, colleges, and universities maintain high educational standards. Accredited institutions provide quality education, ensuring that students receive a comprehensive and rigorous learning experience. This, in turn, enhances the institution's reputation and increases the value of the degrees and certificates it awards.
For example, a university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission must undergo regular reviews and demonstrate that it offers a robust curriculum, qualified faculty, and adequate student support services. This gives students confidence that they are receiving a valuable education that will be recognized by employers and other institutions, but not only that.

Accredited universities have a 35% higher graduation rate compared to non-accredited institutions, thus reflecting the importance accreditation has on the credibility of a student’s future, as well as the success for educational institutions as well.[4] Accreditation is what encourages universities to innovate and improve their programs to stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of students.

Enhancing Professional Skills: Continued Education

Accreditation also plays a vital role in enhancing professional skills. Individuals can now get certified against accredited programs that attest to their knowledge and competence in various fields. These certifications provide a benchmark for excellence, ensuring that professionals are well-equipped to meet industry standards and deliver high-quality work. Accredited certifications are highly regarded in the job market, opening doors to better career opportunities and professional growth.

For instance, a professional aiming to become an ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor can pursue certification through TRECCERT, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Accreditation Board (ANAB). This certification involves a comprehensive process, including rigorous examination, to ensure that the individual has the expertise to audit information security management systems according to the ISO/IEC 27001 standard.

Recognizing Prestigious Accreditation Bodies

On Accreditation Day, we take a moment to thank the prestigious accreditation bodies that uphold these high standards, such as the ANSI-ANAB, United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS), Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) and all other national and international members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

These bodies are the backbone of the accreditation system, providing the framework and oversight necessary to maintain quality across industries. Their work ensures that businesses, professionals, and consumers can rely on accredited standards to deliver excellence consistently.

As we celebrate Accreditation Day, we acknowledge the vital role that accreditation plays in our lives. From the products we use daily to the services we rely on; accreditation ensures that quality and safety are always at the forefront. It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of accreditation bodies worldwide that we can enjoy a higher standard of living, confident in the knowledge that quality is assured.

Let's continue to support and uphold the principles of accreditation, striving for excellence in everything we do.


[1] John E. Brady, "Accreditation: A Historical Overview," Spring 1988.


[3] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

[4] Ponemon Institute

[5] Institute of Education Sciences (ERIC)