Global trade is increasingly embedded within value chains and governed by multilateral trade rules, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures. Furthermore, quality and compliance of products and services with market requirements and standards on consumer health and safety, environmental impact, labour conditions and/or sustainability, have become key elements of competitiveness in global business relations.
A demand-driven quality culture, together with a quality infrastructure system and its conformity assessment services, support economic operators (in particular SMEs), to achieve and prove conformity with market requirements, compete on international markets and connect to global value chains. UNIDO’s interventions in this respect span from policy and governance advice to the development of quality infrastructure institutions and conformity assessment services, including the support of the private sector in achieving compliance with international standards.
Tools for policymakers
Tools for quality infrastructure institutions and conformity assessment bodies
Tools for enterprises and consumers