RvA distributes survey QI-FoKuS among clients about level of digitalisation
This month, the RvA is distributing a survey among its clients of research initiative QI-FoKuS: Research on Conformity Assessment and Safety.
The subject of the survey is the digitalisation of companies and institutions that test, inspect and certify. The survey uses the term conformity assessment bodies (CABs) for this purpose. With this survey, QI-FoKuS wants to identify:
- To what extent CABs are digitally developed;
- What promotes or accelerates and hinders digitalisation of conformity assessment;
- Which technologies CABs use;
- What the best practices are.
The RvA wholeheartedly supports this research initiative. The far-reaching digitalisation of our economy and society is taking off. Organizations have to continuously adapt to the latest digital developments within their sector. It is therefore important to get a clear picture of the level of digital development of CABs. And thereby discover where opportunities lie to make a better contribution to the quality and safety of products and services through digitalisation.
QI-FoKuS sends participating CABs who register for this their own digital score after analysing the results. In coordination with QI-FoKuS, the RvA shares an overview of the results of the survey through our monthly newsletter.
The QI-FoKuS research initiative is a collaboration between BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung), the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). The research initiative was created to increase the understanding of conformity assessment.
In 2020, QI-FoKuS conducted the ‘Corona Monitor’ study to identify the impact of COVID-19 on conformity assessment and its digitalisation. It conducted the survey in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.