OTHER NEW STANDARDS, ACCREDITATION PROGRAMMES
Ms Choy stated regardless of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, each the Singapore Requirements Council (SSC) and the SAC continued to develop new requirements and accreditation programmes to assist the wants of native industries final 12 months .
These had been associated to making sure provide chain visibility, operational transparency, sustainable enterprise development and in addition enterprise resilience in opposition to future disruptions – key challenges that had been delivered to the fore amid the pandemic, she added.
Within the final monetary 12 months, the SSC developed and reviewed 142 requirements, impacting greater than 4,400 organisations, its chairman Robert Chew stated on the on-line briefing.
Forty-eight of those requirements are new, comparable to the rules on clear and inexperienced city farms, to assist construct enterprise capabilities, resilience and seize alternatives in rising sectors, he added.
As an illustration, the council offered technical reference – provisional requirements that cowl business trials – on secure occasion administration practices for the MICE and occasions business, in addition to a brand new nationwide customary that ensures the efficient roll-out of thermal imagers in settings comparable to purchasing malls for temperature screening.
Then again, the SAC issued 33 new accreditation certificates, whereas reviewing 116 accreditations final 12 months.
Transferring ahead, the councils will develop extra requirements and accreditation programmes to assist digitalisation, sustainability and resilience of native companies, as a part of a five-year roadmap first introduced final 12 months.
Ms Choy stated the significance of high quality and requirements within the present enterprise surroundings is “broadly acknowledged”.
“The momentum was set throughout COVID-19 when SMEs recognised the significance of enterprise resilience and shortly adopted enterprise continuity plans. Shoppers needed to be assured that the surgical masks that they used had been efficient in opposition to the virus and needed masks that had been licensed to satisfy worldwide requirements,” she instructed reporters.
“So for the following 5 years, we are going to proceed to construct on this momentum.”
For instance within the space of digitalisation, whereas digital options have proved to be a dependable software in the course of the pandemic, there stays challenges like information privateness and cybersecurity points.
“So requirements and accreditation programmes may also help to make sure the baseline security and high quality of those options,” stated Ms Choy.