Standards, certification, testing, inspection and accreditation (collectively known as the Quality Infrastructure) help businesses of all sizes and sectors to reduce costs, limit their environmental impact, improve quality, access new market opportunities, and differentiate themselves from competitors.
To illustrate the value of the Quality Infrastructure and the services its organisations provide, this site includes case studies, research papers, and supporting materials that confirm these benefits for the business community. The examples published on the site cite tangible financial data to evidence the cost savings achieved whether through resource efficiency or meeting regulation at lower cost, the value of accessing new markets , or savings achieved through recognition from organisations such as insurers, regulators or purchasers.
The site has been developed by the organisations that make up the Quality Infrastructure including global standards bodies, global accreditation associations, and trade associations from the certification and conformity assessment industry.
Enhancing environmental performance
The need to measure environmental performance or limit environmental impact is a key focus for many organisations. Accredited testing, calibration, inspection and certification provide consumers, suppliers, purchasers and specifiers with assurance about environmental-related claims made. These services also provide Government and Regulators with reliable evidence of compliance.
Using standards and accredited conformity assessment can save energy, save costs and protect the environment. These case studies, research papers and supporting material show how businesses are using fewer resources, cutting waste, increasing recycling and reducing energy costs.
Using standards and accredited conformity assessment can offer a set of powerful marketing tools for organisations of all sizes and across all sectors. Standards and accredited services are a significant tool in the marketing of products and services.
Ranging from regulatory to voluntary standards, product standards to management systems standards, they are used to enable businesses to play on a level playing field with larger rivals, and to leverage the competitive position of a product by reducing customer uncertainty. These case studies, research papers and supporting material show how businesses are gaining competitive or marketing advantage.
Delivering cost savings
Standards and accredited conformity assessment services can help achieve cost savings in all areas of business from purchasing, production, sales, R&D, quality assurance, environmental protection and occupational health & safety.
Standards and conformity assessment activities lead to lower costs by reducing redundancy, minimizing errors, and reducing time to market. They can also generate internal efficiencies through lower energy use, reduced waste, and greater resilience. These case studies, research papers and supporting material show how businesses are reducing their costs.
Expanding market opportunities
The use of standards and accredited conformity assessment are increasingly being required in the supply chain and are appearing in a growing number of tender documents. They provide purchasers with confidence that products are safe, reliable and meet specification. As a result, they provide access to new markets and opportunities.
Standards and accredited conformity assessment operate to international standards and mutual recognition accreditation agreements. They therefore facilitate trade through the removal of technical barriers to trade and the reduction in potential transactional costs. These case studies, research papers and supporting material show how businesses are taking advantage of new market opportunities.
Gaining quality improvement
Organisations that use standards and accredited conformity assessment have higher levels of satisfied customers, more efficient ways of working, better control of their costs, and greater control over their internal processes and competence of staff.
Standards and accredited conformity assessment can therefore help to improve the quality of products and services, strengthen the resilience of IT systems and resources, manage assets better, and improve the attractiveness of your products and services in the market. These case studies, research papers and supporting material show how businesses are gaining internal benefit and improved quality assurance.
Improving company performance
Standards, certification, testing, inspection and accreditation, help businesses to reduce costs, increase productivity and access new markets.
The examples below cite tangible financial data to evidence the cost savings achieved whether through resource efficiency or meeting regulation at lower cost, the value of accessing new markets , or savings achieved through recognition from organisations such as insurers, regulators or purchasers. These benefits have an impact on the overall company performance of businesses that have used standards or accredited services.