DAkkS and NABCB share experiences on digitalising accreditation


The digital transformation affects all areas of the economy, including Quality Infrastructure (QI) systems. The German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) and the Indian National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) met for a virtual exchange to address digitalisation in accreditation.

Setting standards for digital accreditation . © freepik

During the exchange on 04 October 2023, experts from India and Germany discussed current trends and developments in digital solutions for accreditation. The event was organised within the framework of the Indo-German Working Group on QI and facilitated knowledge exchange in this field. It also highlighted the importance of digital QI solutions and paved the way for further collaboration between both organisations.


Current trends and innovations in the digital transformation of accreditation systems

NABCB opened the exchange by sharing experiences on the digital transformation of the Indian accreditation system and current progress in this field. The Indian national accreditation body also underlined some recent developments in Indian QI digitalisation, such as an integrated online portal for QI institutes and their customers.


DAkkS presented current approaches in Germany by highlighting the QI-Digital Initiative. This initiative is an alliance of the most important German QI organisations with the aim of developing innovative use-case solutions. Under the umbrella of the QI-Digital Initiative, DAkkS is developing the Digital Accreditation Symbol. Together with the machine-readable Digital Calibration Certificate developed by the German National Metrology Institute (PTB), the symbol contributes to automating production processes and their quality assurance in the future. It complies with international standards and is designed to be also applicable across borders.


QI-Digital is also working on sector-specific pilot projects. These include reliable hydrogen filling stations, artificial intelligence in medicine and additive manufacturing in small and medium-sized enterprises. Due to its ability to identify counterfeits, the Digital Accreditation Symbol is also important for the secure implementation of the Digital Product Passport (DPP). The DPP describes a collection of data covering the whole life cycle of a product creating transparency and interoperability along the supply chain (read more here).


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Making digital QI fit for the future

The meeting enabled an exchange of knowledge and experiences about digital QI solutions and initiatives in Germany and India. It marked an important step in the cooperation on accreditation within the Indo-German Working Group on QI.  


As the interest in further collaboration in this field remains high, follow-up activities on digital solutions for accreditation are already planned for the coming months. Information on these activities will be published on our website.

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