Benchmarking QI worldwide

For ten years, we, Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke and Juan José Oteiza have been working on measuring and comparing the development level of a country’s quality infrastructure (QI). This challenging task occupied not only us but also colleagues from metrology, standardisation and accreditation bodies, and other consultants. Those responsible for QI in international development cooperation asked themselves the same question.

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Where to find data on Non-tariff barriers to trade?

Quality Infrastructure contributes to free trade. Quality Infrastructure services create confidence, build trust and facilitate trade transactions.

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QI Data: The ISO Survey of Management System Standard Certifications

History and database

An important information source of the demand for Quality Infrastructure services is the Survey of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The Survey provides an overview of the global dissemination of management system standards (such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001).[1]

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Availability and Transparency of Accreditation Data

QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE DATA SERIES

Accreditation is a central component of the National Quality Infrastructure. Through the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, certification and inspection bodies, the national accreditation bodies build trust in the overall conformity assessment system.

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BIPM’s Key Comparison Database

Quality Infrastructure Data

For ten years, we are dealing with the question of how to measure the development and performance of a country’s Quality Infrastructure.[1] Our continuous effort involves comparing the level of development of different countries and measuring the progress of development of a country’s Quality Infrastructure. You can compare this data with other indicators such as population size, economic power, competitiveness, exports, etc. The Quality Infrastructure measurement requires a reliable database in the areas of metrology, standardization, accreditation and conformity assessment. This blog post deals with metrology data and thereby initiates a series of blog post dedicated to QI-Data specifically.

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