QQuality & Standards Partners Appreciation Event 2021
The Quality & Standards Partners Appreciation Event 2021, which took place on 20 April 2021, was attended by over 300 participants. Jointly organised by Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) and Singapore Standards Council (SSC), the event sought to show appreciation to our SAC and SSC partners for their tremendous contributions to Singapore’s Standards and Accreditation programmes. The Distinguished Partners Award (DPA) was jointly presented by Enterprise Singapore and SAC to our awardees in recognition of their outstanding leadership and contributions in raising Singapore’s standardisation and accreditation profile nationally and internationally. In addition, the event recognised and celebrated our Commendation Award (CA) recipients from SAC and SSC through an appreciation video. We have also published a congratulatory announcement on The Business Times on 20 April 2021, highlighting all our award recipients.
Here are some of our key event highlights:
Welcome Address by Ms Choy Sauw Kook, Director-General of Enterprise Singapore
Ms Choy acknowledged our partners for their unwavering support to meet key achievements last year. These included the development of 134 standards (of which 41 are new), accredited 42 new Conformity Assessment Bodies, stepped up international participation in standards development and expanded partnerships through MOUs. She further provided insights on future directions for Quality and Standards.
Joint Opening Remarks by Mr Robert Chew, Chairman of Singapore Standards Council
Mr Chew thanked our partners for their leadership and contributions and shared about the Standards Council’s next five-year plan to build a robust standardisation ecosystem.
Joint Opening Remarks by Mr Tan Kai Hoe, Chairman of Singapore Accreditation Council
Mr Tan recognised our partners for their contributions and spoke of SAC’s efforts in the 2025 strategic plan, and highlighted upcoming focuses on areas such as environmental sustainability. He underscored the importance of Quality & Standards in the identified growth areas. SAC will also support industry TIC demand by providing a more robust accreditation infrastructure.
Keynote Speaker: Dr Shu Yinbiao, President of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Dr Shu noted how the IEC plays an important role in developing global standards and conformity assessment solutions that support regulators’ sustainability policies, as well as in the industry on new and sustainable product innovations.
Ms Hanane Taidi, Director-General of TIC Council
Ms Taidi explained how environmental, social and governance considerations are driving the development of new conformity assessment programmes to meet industry and regulatory demands.
Dr Winston Chow, Associate Professor of Singapore Management University
Dr Chow, in his capacity as lead author of the Cities chapter in the “Assessment Report on Climate Change” at Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, spoke about the trends, agreement and regulations on environmental sustainability. He also shared perspectives on sustainability pathways that enterprises may adopt to align with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals essential for climate action.
Seated from left to right: Moderator- Mr Sim Choon Siong (Enterprise Singapore), followed by the 5 industry panelists- Mr Seth Wang (Control Union Singapore), Ms Foo Peng Er (CapitaLand Group), Ms Khoo Gek Hoon (Singapore Food Agency), Dr Winston Chow (Singapore Management University) and Mr Marc Allen (Engeco)