Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development

Standards, Metrology and Conformity Assessment: Tools to Facilitate Trade and Market Access

The intention of this handbook is to provide the reader with a basic overview of the importance of a national quality infrastructure that includes metrology, accreditation, standardization and conformity assessment procedures as tools to enhancing trade facilitation, market access and export competitiveness. The handbook includes a basic introduction to trade facilitation and the NQI concept, the WTO TBT and SPS Agreements, metrology,standards, and conformity assessment. 

Readers will find that the handbook is a source of practical information including an introduction to the major regional and international technical organizations that support trade facilitation and promote market competitiveness. Each technical section of the handbook contains a list and description of reference material offered by the WTO, national, regional and international NQI organizations, etc. Hyperlinks are available that will take the reader directly to a copy of the material or the website of the organization that offers the information. We hope that this handbook will provide the reader with a source of valuable information and a basic understanding of national quality infrastructure concepts.