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UN/CEFACT Publishes White Paper on Digital Product Conformity Certificate Exchange

14 Aug 2023

The United Nations is launching an e-business initiative for increased transparency in product claims using digital methods. The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) has issued a White Paper on Digital Product Conformity Certificate Exchange, emphasizing reliable claims for market trust. The paper proposes a digital framework to connect data sources for better product compliance insight.


An important data element in establishing the validity of issued certificates and attestations is the accreditation body identity that is a signatory of IAF and ILAC global mutual recognition arrangements.


IAF CertSearch is also highlighted as a validation platform for management system certifiers worldwide.


This initiative addresses challenges in verifying conformity certificates and ensuring up-to-date information. While engagement with industries is a hurdle, the UN/CEFACT plans to apply these ideas to specific product categories, seeking input from government-approved experts.


Read the document here.