Before releasing a product or service into the market, it is critical to meet specific criteria, especially regarding safety and performance. Consumers trust standards and policies enforced by authorities, so they do not have to worry about examining everything they buy. Therefore, to compete in a market, it becomes inevitable for your company to comply with your industry’s existing norms and practices. In this article at TechRepublic, Franklin Okeke explains what makes up quality compliance testing and why you need it for your business.
What Exactly is Compliance Testing?
When an organization breaches a law, the implication can be drastic. Conformance or compliance testing audits a company’s adherence to a law, policy, or state provision. There are two types of compliance—corporate and regulatory. Under regulatory compliance, organizations must comply with federal or international regulations. Meanwhile, corporate compliance refers to businesses ensuring they are legally operating by observing internal rules and guidelines. Establishing a conformance testing program is crucial to protect your business from potential non-compliance risks.
Benefits of Compliance Testing Programs
Implementing a conformance test in your software development lifecycle is not mandatory. However, compliance testing offers numerous benefits and enables your businesses to:
Verify that your project documentation is complete and accurateValidate that each phase of your software development lifecycle is based on relevant requirements, standards, guidelines, and normsEnsure that your software will not be subjected to complaints from regulatory bodies
In addition, the program also allows your enterprise to maintain its reputation, customer trust, and satisfaction. “Testing for compliance ensures effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of products and services. Regular audits make sure that performance is satisfactory,” explains Okeke.
How to implement the Process
There are several must-have steps for the successful implementation of conformance testing.
First, identify the target software’s norms, regulations, and standards. Create documentation to monitor the project’s compliance with the company’s internal policies.Second, create checklists that align with different software development life cycle phases. Ensure each software element receives a thorough compliance assessment.Third, assess all the development phases against the documented standards to identify potential threats or deviations.Finally, create a report for the developers to make necessary changes.
To read the original article, click on https://www.techrepublic.com/article/compliance-testing-why-necessary/.
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