Export Quality Management

A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Exporters - Second Edition

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This publication seeks to provide small- and medium-sized exporters in developing countries and transition economies with a comprehensive understanding of crucial quality-related issues linked to the quality infrastructure. Structured in a question and answer format, the book answers 95 frequently asked questions by exporters about quality, technical requirements (standards, technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures), management systems, conformity assessment (testing, inspection, certification), metrology, accreditation, and the WTO Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade and the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

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What is the value of accreditation?

Accreditation is a formal recognition of competence. It is commonly thought of as being limited to approval by an accreditation body using criteria defined in the guides and international standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), i.e. the ISO/IEC 17000 family of standards. This can be a rather narrow view in some situations and markets, where other standards may apply. For instance, some countries still ‘accredit’ using national standards which are not harmonized with the current international standards. For international recognition, however, the application of international standards is strongly recommended.

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