IQNet Statement on COVID-19

Building trust together, especially in challenging times

 

Bern, 06 April 2021 - All over the world, and for a 2nd year, the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 is posing significant challenges to governments, businesses, and people.  Work from home, travel restrictions, businesses lockdown and layoffs continue to introduce severe stress on our daily life and work.

 

Despite of this extremely adverse context, families and organizations proved to be resilient, and we are already playing offense, not just defense. 

 

Naturally, the health and safety of our people and our clients is still the priority, but we, IQNET Association and its Partners, want to reassure its clients, consumers, and other stakeholders that all efforts are being implemented to ensure trust is maintained, service integrity is assured, and conformity assessment industry is prepared to address current (and future) needs, threats and opportunities.

 

These goals, addressed through a “New Normal Roadmap”, are achieved by: 

 

•  Cooperation with international organizations (such as ISO, IAF, GFSI, EOQ, INetQI, amongst other) to debate and agree on best practices and further on how to improve (or even transform) existing procedures and criteria

 

•  Engaging (through our Partners) with local governments, regulators, accreditation bodies and other stakeholders to contribute to the implementation of harmonized, efficient, and effective measures

 

•  Reviewing operational procedures, notably through intensifying the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) while keeping the integrity of conformity assessment activities

 

•  Collecting and disseminating information and data, both through our Partners and directly to the market, to ensure appropriate awareness and quick action in fast changing contexts. 

 

During these challenging times, IQNET Association efforts are towards keeping the health and safety of all involved and maintaining the credibility and integrity of certification services, ensuring market confidence and trust when it is needed the most.

 

IQNET Association looks into the future with optimism, ambition, and confidence. Our determination is amplified by the competence and commitment of IQNET Members, for the benefit of people, organizations and planet.