Implications of remote conformity assessment for developing countries

UNIDO is pleased to announce the launch of a publication titled “Remote conformity assessment in a digital world: Opportunities, challenges and implications for developing countries”.

The publication provides a high-level overview of the ways in which remote assessment/audit techniques have developed in recent years and have been applied in different conformity assessment contexts. It also highlights the associated benefits of such techniques, along with the challenges and implications.

Evidence shows that establishing a Quality Infrastructure can assist a nation in pursuing a development track in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Remote assessments/audits, in particular, play a crucial role in the context of digital transformation of Quality Infrastructures around the world, with the global disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic having accelerated this process and injected an urgency into the adoption of new technologies. This has been most apparent in the conformity assessment field, where the use of remote assessment techniques to ensure the continuity of conformity assessment and confidence in its outcomes became a strategic imperative.

The need to stay abreast of the latest developments to ensure that no country is left behind in the increasingly digitalized world of conformity assessment makes this publication relevant for developing countries and a wider audience alike. Pragmatic steps that can be taken to address this need are presented accordingly.

Read publication here. Summary brochure of the publication is available here.

For further information contact Juan Pablo Davila (J.Davila [at]