The Advisory Board meeting of the Turkish Accreditation Agency (TURKAK) was held in Ankara with the participation of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairperson of TURKAK Board of Directors Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı.
At the opening of the meeting, TURKAK Chairperson Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı and TURKAK Secretary General Banu Müderrisoğlu addressed the Advisory Board members.
TÜRKAK is the Sole National Accreditation Body in Türkiye
Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, started his remarks by stating that he had attended the last Advisory Board Meeting as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of TÜRKAK before starting his duty as Permanent Representative to the European Union and emphasised that they take the opinions, comments, and suggestions of the members very seriously and that TÜRKAK’s work has become more efficient with these feedbacks.
Stating that accreditation plays an important role in removing technical barriers in foreign trade, Kaymakcı emphasised that TÜRKAK is the sole national accreditation body authorised in its field in Türkiye.
Stating that TÜRKAK is a leading body in Europe and in the world with nearly 25 years of experience, Kaymakcı underlined that TÜRKAK has contributed to the strengthening of accreditation bodies of other countries by transferring its experiences to countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and Croatia.
TÜRKAK is ranking our country at the top in the field of accreditation internationally
TÜRKAK Secretary General Banu Müderrisoğlu stated that TÜRKAK, which has completed its 23rd anniversary, has achieved significant successes in the international area thanks to the fair, transparent, accountable, science-based, and analytical data-based working system implemented at the Institution as it moves step by step towards turning a quarter of a century.
Müderrisoğlu stated that in the Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development Index report published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Türkiye rose 12 places compared to the previous year and ranked fifth in the field of accreditation, and according to the gross domestic product data in the same report, Türkiye was the second highest scoring country in its group.
“SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Türkiye 2022”, published by the OECD, Müderrisoğlu stated that Türkiye outperformed all Western Balkan countries and received the highest score in the field of accreditation. Müderrisoğlu added that with the valuable contributions and support of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of the Board of Management Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Türkiye has achieved a significant rise in the field of accreditation in international reports within a year.
In her speech, Müderrisoğlu also shared the information that TÜRKAK’s activities in new fields continue to gain international recognition and stated that TÜRKAK is the 14th accreditation body worldwide authorised and recognised for the accreditation of Quality Management Systems for Aerospace and Defence Industry in the AS9100 standards series.
Secretary General of TÜRKAK informed the Advisory Board members that TÜRKAK is among the first 2 accreditation bodies in Europe to include ISO/IEC 17029 standard within the scope of EA MLA.
Plaques of Appreciation Presented to TÜRKAK Board Members
Following the opening speeches of the Advisory Board, the Chairperson, and members of the Board of Management of TÜRKAK, whose 3-year term of office will expire soon, were presented with plaques of appreciation for their contributions and efforts.
Following the opening speeches and plaque presentation, the Advisory Board members exchanged ideas on the future policies, strategies and objectives of the TÜRKAK, recommendations for maintaining the impartiality of TÜRKAK and the development of the Instution’s role in foreign trade.