Quality Infrastructure is a crucial element in promoting and sustaining economic development. It is also important for environmental and social wellbeing, thereby contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which sits at the heart of development plans and implementation strategies of many developing countries. Such a system relies on metrology, standardization, accreditation, conformity assessment, and market surveillance, and laboratories are a key component.
Laboratories are necessary for proving the compliance of products and services with regulations and conformity with market requirements. The data and information that laboratories provide are essential for transparent and trustworthy decision making, especially those related to inspection and certification activities. Laboratories also ensure products and services meet the triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial considerations.
This demonstrates why developing or strengthening a Laboratory Infrastructure can be so critical. Laboratory Infrastructure comprises the laboratories (public and private), together with the scientific principles, practices and supportive laboratory quality control systems, i.e. Proficiency Testing, Certified and other Reference Materials, that are required to quantify, underpin and enhance quality competitiveness, innovation, productivity, safety, health and environmental soundness and sustainability of goods, services and processes.
The event will discuss the need for sustainable laboratory infrastructure development. On this occasion UNIDO will launch its guidance document on laboratory policy development.