The Advocacy Division of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) recently published an article on “Setting Standards in Healthcare” that addresses why standards play an important role in mitigating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The elaboration of standards and Quality Infrastructure is important for maintaining the highest quality of medical products and services, as is the case in many industrial sectors. The COVID-19 has called attention to this importance, for example, in ensuring the availability of key medical devices, diagnostic tests and personal protective equipment.
“The coronavirus pandemic has shown us that in a globalized world, the agreement of technical standards can save lives, improve human health and keep essential value chains moving in times of strain,” says Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Managing Director of UNIDO’s Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business.
The COVID-19 crisis has put a spotlight on the value of reliable and agreed standards. Recognizing this value, UNIDO’s Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business works extensively with partners in national standards bodies, accreditation institutes and metrology authorities, and multilateral partners, as well as with the private sector, to develop relevant standards and to diffuse the latest knowledge on Quality Infrastructure across a range of industrial sectors.
Read the full article here.