The UKQI: status and importance for National Growth

Shanay Rab Shanay Rab, Richard J C Brown

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The term ‘Quality Infrastructure’ refers to the public and private institutional framework for metrology, standardisation, accreditation, and services relating to conformity assessment such as testing, calibration, inspection and verification that fosters trust in global commerce and helps to safeguard consumers and the sustainability of the environment. The National Physical Laboratory, several Designated Institutes, the British Standards Institution, the Office for Product Safety and Standards, and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service are all part of the United Kingdom Quality Infrastructure. As a part of the National QI of the UK, these organisations are responsible for providing traceability to national standards of measurement and regulating standardisation, testing, certification, and accreditation. These organisations are essential in assisting industries with developing, innovating, and commercialising their goods and services. Standards supported by accredited conformity assessment are an essential part of modern economic infrastructure and assist significant economic growth. This paper provides a succinct overview of the UKQI and its importance for national growth. Further, an overview of the UKQI institutional structure from both national and international perspectives is discussed. This study should be useful globally to government agencies, businesses, academia, and other organisations as a reference source for future policy decisions related to a robust QI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-984
Number of pages10
JournalMapan - Journal of Metrology Society of India
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2023


  • Metrology
  • Accreditation
  • Standards
  • Certification
  • Quality infrastructure
  • Economic growth


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