The executive director of the Dominican Accreditation Body (ODAC), Ángel David Taveras Difo, assured that commercial relations with foreign markets have been strengthened thanks to the fact that the country has a fully functioning accreditation body.
Taveras Difo explained that “accreditation grants a high level of reliability, competence and compliance with national and international standards, thus impacting quality in industries, companies and institutions”.
These statements were made during the panel “Accreditation: in support of global trade”, held in commemoration of World Accreditation Day, a global initiative established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
Fantino Polanco, vice-minister of Industrial Development of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes (MICM) emphasized that “for the first time the Dominican Republic has a government that believes in quality, and a sign of this is that it has been declared a state policy”.
Fabián Hernández, an international expert in accreditation, said he appreciated the fact that a culture of quality is being promoted in the country with accreditation as an ally.
During the meeting, the speakers explained how accreditation and conformity assessment are adapting to technological advances, changes in consumer behavior and the regulatory environment, new trust mechanisms and changing business models.
The panel was also attended by Vladimir Hernández, Director of Commercial Integration of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes (MICM).
The event was attended by Lorenzo Ramirez, director of Indocal; Mario Pujols, executive vice president of the Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic (AIRD); Hector Porcella, acting director general of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC), among other officials and industrial and business groups.