In a previous blog post, we asked whether a new definition of quality is needed. Our answer was affirmative, emphasizing that nowadays quality must always be measured by how it relates to environmental, social and economic sustainability.
In this post, we follow this logic to examine the relationship between Quality Infrastructure (QI) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in more detail. In 2015 the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides a framework for peace and prosperity for the planet and its people. 17 SDGs form the core of the 2030 Agenda. The SDGs demand concerted action in a global partnership to end poverty and other sufferings, improve human health and education, reduce inequality, foster economic growth, combat climate change and preserve oceans and forests.
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.
African countries are slowly increasing their economic exchange, but trade with countries outside the continent is still dominant. Whereas in 1995 intra-African exports accounted for only 10% of total African exports, this share rose to 17% in 2017. By comparison, interregional exports in Europe are worth 69% of total exports. These numbers show the enormous potential of a continent’s economic integration.
For ten years, we are dealing with the question of how to measure the development and performance of a country’s Quality Infrastructure. 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.
“Improving Food Safety” is the theme of the World Accreditation Day 2020, #WAD2020. This year’s theme reflects the close cooperation between the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).