From time to time, we hear complaints from SMEs, especially in developing and emerging countries, about the costs of acquiring technical standards. This is especially true for the international standards of ISO and IEC or their national adaptations.
We are in the midst of a fundamental transformation that will radically change the way we live, work and interact with each other. This transformation began before COVID-19 but has accelerated through the pandemic. Klaus Schwab, the founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, speaks in this context of a “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which will be in its scale, scope and complexity a transformation, unlike anything humanity has ever experienced. Although we do not know yet precisely how it will unfold, the expected changes must be integrated comprehensively and inclusively (Schwab 2017).
As we are now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular operation of Quality Infrastructure is greatly reduced and partly at standstill. At the same time, we observe how Quality Infrastructure organisations are adapting their services to the reality of lockdown and home office work. Since we also have to stay at home, it is an excellent opportunity to use this time to eventually start the blog #QI4D.