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Demonstrating the Value and Benefits of Accreditation

All quality infrastructure (QI) organizations, whether global, regional or national, seek and publish information that demonstrates the benefits and economic impact of their services. The International Network of Quality Infrastructure (INetQI) Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites serve as a central hub for case studies, research and supporting materials that demonstrate the benefits and value of QI services. These sites also support innovation by providing examples of QI being used in new areas.

Public Sector Assurance (www.publicsectorassurance.org) demonstrates how QI services are supporting central governments, local governments and regulators in meeting policy objectives and improving their own performance. The site contains materials showing the benefits of the use of conformity assessment in the areas of economic development, healthcare, environmental protection, energy, food safety and agriculture, construction, crime and security, trade, health and safety, products and services, and efficient delivery of public services.

Business Benefits (www.business-benefits.org) provides tangible financial data regarding the benefits that businesses have achieved through the use of QI services. Case studies, research and supporting materials are organized into the categories of delivering cost savings, enhancing environmental performance, marketing message, gaining quality improvement, expanding market opportunities and improving company performance.

The sites currently contain over 500 case studies, 100 research papers, and 100 supporting materials. Submissions are welcome and should be sent to iaf@iaf.nu or ilac@nata.com.au.

Case studies should be provided using the designated template; submissions of case studies demonstrating the value of conformity assessment in supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are particularly encouraged to support the theme of World Accreditation Day 2021: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs.

Research papers can include independent research, in-house or commissioned research, or impact assessments carried out by regulators or public sector organizations. The submission should include a link to the paper as well as a summary including the main findings with all relevant sources and citations, and permission from the authors to publish.

Supporting materials can include videos, brochures, references in publications or QI publications.

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