Trade Section

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Quality & Standards Section

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

  • Coming soon

Training: Quality & Standards

Quality Infrastructure and Trade

Based on a solid analysis of trade challenges and opportunities, the training is designed for encouraging trade development along value chains.

Quality Policy

This training aims at supporting quality infrastructure practitioners and policy makers to design and develop robust, holistic, and demand-driven quality infrastructure systems.

Quality Management

A Roadmap to Quality is a newly developed and state-of-the-art e-learning training programme to promote understanding and facilitate the implementation of Quality Management effectively throughout the company.

Good Governance in Quality Infrastructure

This training aims to assist Quality Infrastructure practitioners build a Good Governance system within their organizations and to guide their work with samples of useful tools.

Good Standardization Practices (GSP)

This eLearning course was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with contributions from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swiss Confederation’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).


UNIDO Guidance Document on the OIML Certification System (OIML-CS)

(1.62 MB)

Information brochure for the essential and vegetable seed oils industry in SADC – directory of producers and catalogue of indigenous and classic species

(5.1 MB)

Building trust: The conformity assessment toolbox

(1.39 MB)

IMPROVING TRADE, CHANGING LIVES: The impact of the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP)

(3.53 MB)


(1.32 MB)