Think Global, Think Standards

Standards level the playing field for big and small businesses in this globally-connected marketplace. To stay competitive, businesses have to shift their gears to constantly meet challenges in a dynamic landscape. Standards adoption is increasingly used by businesses as a strategic tool to revamp their management systems, streamline work processes and open new markets. This in turn translates to lower operating costs, better products and ultimately healthier bottomlines.

This year, we are celebrating 50 years of Standardisation. View the commemorative book that illustrates how Quality and Standards influence the way we work, live and play over the past 50 years.

Benchmarking for Success

Benchmarking for Success

Accreditation plays a critical function in ensuring accuracy and reliability in highly regulated industries where such capabilities are important. SMEs that adopt international standards will build confidence and obtain recognition for competence. Keep Reading

DATE : Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016
BY : SME Magazine (Nov/Dec 2016 issue)

Gaining an innovative edge

Gaining an innovative edge

In a world where competition is stiff, one way that companies in Singapore can stand out from the pack is through the use of new technologies such as the Internet-of-Things, automation, robotics and Smart-Nation initiatives. Industry leaders give their take on how Quality and Standards can play a role in this endeavour. Keep Reading

DATE : Tuesday, Sep 06, 2016
BY : The Business Times

To read more about enterprises that have successfully leveraged on standards to grow their business, please click here.


Staying Ahead - Benefits of Standards and Conformance

Thanks to Standards

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) estimates that 80% of trade is impacted by standards. By 2025, cross-border flows of goods, services and finance will reach $54-85 trillion, and it is hence necessary for a robust standards and conformance infrastructure (source: McKinsey).

Standards are tools used by companies to upgrade the quality of their products and services, reach new customers and markets, improve business performance as well as enhance their growth. By aligning to the requirements of standards, industries and businesses can also better collaborate with their partners, co-create new products, build trust and stay competitive.

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Checked Once, Accepted Everywhere

Accreditation gives third party assurance that laboratory tests, inspection and certification services are done properly and meet international standards. The Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) is the national authority that accredits these Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), which hence ensures the technical competency of organizations for compliance with standards. Where there are multi-lateral arrangements, businesses enjoy the added bonus of having their certificates recognised globally, eliminating the need for retests and reducing time to market.

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Common Standards

How can businesses remain competitive and robust in the fast evolving markets of today? Through the adoption of internationally benchmarked standards, it helps businesses ensure the safety and quality of products, attain cost efficiencies, and maximise access to overseas markets. Some of the widely adopted standards include:

Staying Ahead - Benefits of Standards and Conformance

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Getting Started

Staying Ahead - Benefits of Standards and Conformance

You may defray the cost of consultancy and/or certification projects through SPRING’s programmes.

  • Capability Development Grant (CDG)
    To encourage SMEs to upgrade continuously, the CDG serves as a financial assistance programme to help companies achieve this. The grant supports a wide range of key business areas, ranging from productivity improvement, technology innovation, overseas expansion to enhancing quality and standards.

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  • Innovation and Capability Voucher (ICV)
    Valued at $5,000, the ICV aims to support SMEs in the implementation of management systems projects such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, where it helps to offset productivity improvement projects.

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