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ISO describes conformity assessment as ‘a set of processes that show your product, service or system meets the requirements of a standard’. (Source: ISO website)

Conformity assessment has a range of strands, all of which contribute to giving people confidence and assurance in using and buying products and services. These strands include testing, inspection, certification and accreditation.

There are many instances around the world where the public sector has embraced conformity assessment as a means of delivering public policy objectives. This site illustrates this with a range of case studies which demonstrate:

  • Government can improve its own performance by the use of conformity assessment by its own departments
  • Government can help improve the performance of business by encouraging the use of conformity assessment
  • Conformity assessment can help government deliver its policies
  • Conformity assessment helps regulators regulate.

By showcasing the policy areas conformity assessment is used, such as economic development, healthcare and environmental protection, the intention is to provide inspiration so more conformity assessment tools can be used by central government, local government and regulators to deliver positive benefit.

This site has been developed by This site has been developed by the global quality infrastructure partners (INetQI) represented by:

  • IAF – International Accreditation Forum. The IAF is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and other bodies interested in conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes of conformity assessment. Its primary function is to develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment which reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited certificates may be relied upon. Accreditation assures users of the competence and impartiality of the body accredited.
  • IIOC –  Independent International Organisation for Certification – is a trade association of international certification bodies who deliver certification to a range of management system schemes.
  • IQNet – International Certification Network– is a trade association of certification bodies from around the world who deliver certification to a range of management system schemes.
  • ILAC – International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation. ILAC is responsible for: the development of laboratory and inspection body accreditation practices and procedures; the promotion of laboratory and inspection body accreditation as a trade facilitation tool; the assistance of developing accreditation systems; the recognition of competent test and inspection facilities around the globe.
  • ISO – International Organization for Standards – is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards.
  • BIPM – The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) – an international organization established by the Metre Convention, through which Member States act together on matters related to measurement science and measurement standards.
  • IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – an international organization responsible for the preparation and publication of International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.
  • ITC – International Trade Centre (ITC) – an international development agency that is dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.
  • ITU – International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – an international agency for telecom/ICT of the United Nations, whose members include 193 Member States as well as some 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. It allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.
  • OIML – International Organizations of Legal Metrology (OIML) – an intergovernmental organisation to promote the global harmonization of the legal metrology procedures that underpin and facilitate international trade.
  • UNECE – United Nations Economic Cooperation for Europe (UNECE) – one of the five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It was established in order to promote economic cooperation and integrations among its Member States.
  • UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) – a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.
  • World Bank Group (WBG) – an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of poorer countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects.
  • WTO – World Trade Organization (WTO) – a global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments.

We are always seeking examples to post on this website. If you have a great case study or research paper, please submit it to here.

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    Accreditation supports organic production in Guatemala

    Summary Through the Ministry of Agriculture, the Republic of Guatemala regulates the correct application of organic agriculture legislation, controls the certification bodies for certified organic operators and registers them, and provides third-party recognition that the Guatemalan organic exportable officer has met the required quality standards for each country and territory the products are marketed to. […]


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    The establishment of an National Accreditation Body in Ghana to reduce the cost of internationally accredited laboratories in the country: Making laboratory accreditation more accessible in Ghana

    Summary In order to make laboratory accreditation more accessible and less expensive, a National Accreditation Body is being established. This will allow more laboratories to access accreditation; it will also make available less expensive accreditation when full recognition from ILAC is achieved. The government is working together with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) […]


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    Strengthening the Quality of Essential and Vegetable Oils Exports from South Africa through Accreditation of Testing Laboratories

    Summary The Global Quality and Standards Programme South Africa (GQSP-SA) project, a SECO-funded, UNIDO-implemented project, has the objective of strengthening quality and standards compliance capacity in order to facilitate market access for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the essential and vegetable oils value chain destined for the food, health and cosmetic markets. One of […]


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    Improving the quality and safety of cassava derivatives in West Africa through accreditation of product certification bodies and testing laboratories under the ILAC MRA/IAF MLA

    Summary The cassava value chain is one of the priority value chains of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region. Cassava producers and processors rely greatly on accredited conformity assessment services to demonstrate the compliance of their products with regional and international standards. However, a study conducted by the United Nations Industrial Development […]


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    Sustaining accreditation in West Africa through multi-economy accreditation bodies: The Example of SOAC WAAS

    Summary To avoid conflicts of interest, guarantee independence and impartiality, accreditation bodies are non-competitive and non-profit; their activities are limited to inter-company training and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies. This very limited intervention framework is essential to maintain the credibility of accreditation throughout the world. However, such an approach can be costly for economies where […]


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    New accreditation services for economic growth and environmental assessment

    Summary Accreditation is one of the pillars of the Quality Infrastructure (QI). This attestation facilitates international trade, improves the quality and security of products, and fosters environmental protection. One of the most common barriers Colombian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face is the lack of metrological, accreditation, and other QI institutions’ services. This barrier generates […]


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    Title Utilization of “JCSS” standard gas for monitoring exhaust gases in the atmospheric environment

    Summary To protect the environment, emission rates of exhaust gas in the atmospheric environment must be accurately measured and monitored. In Japan, standard gases, provided by accredited reference material producers (RMPs) under the “Japan Calibration Service System”, (JCSS) are used for the calibration of gas analyzers. Since these gases are traceable to the national measurement […]


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    Strengthening environmental validation & verification schemes through accreditation

    Summary Accreditation provides assurance that conformity assessment services are provided competently, including validation and verification services such as greenhouse gas validation/verification and verification of the carbon footprint of products. Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) is a IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) signatory for Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification (ISO 14065). SLAB has expanded its scheme […]


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    Implementing a reliable certification system in food production chains.

    Summary On the way to PlanetProof strives for an agriculture in balance with the carrying capacity of our planet, emphasizing closed cycles of raw materials, and valued by society and the market. To achieve this, an integrated approach is needed, which involves working on sustainability in several themes in all links of the production chain. […]


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    Waste management in Poland

    Summary The management of generated waste in Poland is subject to the provisions of the Act on Waste, according to which different types of waste should be tested in accredited laboratories. National legal regulations are closely related to the requirements of European Union law and are of a complementary and executive nature. Accreditation of laboratories […]


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