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The economical importance of the Quality infrastructure

"Made in Germany" stands for everything that makes up the German economy. The cornerstone for the success of this seal of quality and thus the competitiveness and innovative capacity of German companies is a reliable quality infrastructure that ensures safety, quality and trust and contributes significantly to the functioning of trade in goods and services and to the protection of health and the environment.

The quality infrastructure is important for Germany as a business location:

  • The quality infrastructure ensures the safety and quality of German products and thus confidence in the "Made in Germany" seal of quality
  • It thus strengthens Germany as a business location in international trade
  • The established system of national quality infrastructure embedded in the European Single Market and legal framework ensures integration into the international value creation system.
  • At the same time, it forms a strong, quality-driven European counterweight in competition with countries such as China
  • The quality infrastructure enables internationally successful innovations and new technologies from Germany - from basic research to market establishment It ensures the transfer of knowledge and technology from research to the market
  • The quality infrastructure is a prerequisite for a successful digital transformation It makes a significant contribution to solving the major socio-economic, ecological and technological challenges of our time, such as achieving our climate protection policy goals
  • The quality infrastructure is the invisible basis for protecting the health of the population, consumers and the environment

First study to quantify the economic significance of QI

To date, there have been no comprehensive scientific studies that quantify the economic significance of QI for the German economy as a whole.
The aim of the study is to illustrate and quantify the impact of QI in Germany, particularly with regard to gross value added, economic growth, trade and innovation, both overall and sector-specifically. All core elements of QI standardisation, conformity assessment, accreditation, metrology and market surveillance are to be considered both individually and in their interaction.
Study content:
Development of a comprehensive impact model of QI Creation of an overall QI calculation, including case studies Public Good Impacts (to include the implications for the environment and health aspects, but also SDGs) The study is being carried out by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research under the direction of Prof. Dr Knut Blind.
The project is being commissioned and supported by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. Please send enquiries to Dr Claudia Koch via info[at]