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Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Service Type (Testing, Inspection, and Certification), By Sourcing Type (In-House and Outsource), By Industry (Consumer Goods & Retail, Agriculture & Food, Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2022-2029

Last Updated: June 03, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI104939



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The global Testing, Inspection and Certification market size was valued at USD 208.43 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow from USD 217.31 billion in 2022 to USD 328.23 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period (2022-2029). Europe accounted for a market value of USD 74.49 billion in 2021. The global market exhibited a decline of 3.7% in 2020 compared to 2019. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with testing, inspection, and certification experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels.

In the scope, we have included several players such as SGS SA, Bureau Veritas (BV), DEKRA Certification B.V., Intertek Group PLC, TUV SUD AG, and others. These key players provide testing, certification, and inspection services for multiple industries, including foods & beverages, consumer goods & retail, commercial, and others. These services are used in supply chain certification, product testing, industrial site inspections, periodic inspections, management system auditing and certification, and others.

Rising demand for testing services in the manufacturing sector for consumer products, retail, and food & beverages has fueled the Testing, Inspection and Certification market expansion. Growing consumer goods testing and inspection demand and a rise in online shopping patterns have created a huge potential for TIC market participants. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation Organization, in 2020, the retail industry in India was valued at USD 1.39 billion and is expected to grow to USD 2.14 billion by 2021. Such a surge in consumer goods demand in the world's most populous countries, such as China and India, has spurred demand for testing, certification, and inspection services. With a rise in demand for high-quality and safe consumer goods, numerous major businesses are expanding their testing, inspection, and certification services worldwide. For instance,

  • In June 2020, Bureau Veritas partnered with the Cleveland Clinic non-profit medical care company. The companies aim to develop hygiene control standards and uniform health safety in retail and grocery stores amid the COVID-19 pandemic through this partnership.


Slight Decline in Revenues Owing to Closure of Several Industries amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak had marginally reduced demand for testing, inspection, and certification services following the closure of various businesses such as manufacturing, consumer goods, retail, and others. The pandemic created a short-term drop in demand due to a pause in new product development operations.

However, the growing use of innovative technology in healthcare, manufacturing, energy, utilities, and other industries has enabled remote auditing, testing, and inspection. As a result of the pandemic, Testing, Inspection and Certification market participants are implementing a digital platform to provide customers with remote TIC services. For instance,

  • In July 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Technical Systems, Inc. launched a remote test witnessing system and a remote testing system. The strategy aims to keep consumers on track during travel and restrict in-person encounters.


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Integration of Emerging Technologies, such as Blockchain and AI with TIC Services, Aids Market Growth

During the COVID-19 outbreak, online e-commerce websites saw significant demand from the grocery, retail, food, and drinks industries. Several industry leaders implemented advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and Blockchain to improve testing, inspection, and certification services in response to the pandemic. For instance,

  • In November 2021, Lloyd's Register (LR) launched AI-powered standardized certification solutions for maritime and international trade. The solution was created using AI technology to assist marine stakeholders.

  • In June 2021, the Google Cloud business group launched an AI-based visual inspection tool to assist manufacturers in identifying product deficiencies.


Strict Rules and Regulations with Rising Demand for Standardizations of the Products Drive Growth

Government authorities in several countries have made testing and inspection certification mandatory to ensure that items are safe and of high quality. Consumer products must pass quality and safety testing done by an independent lab to meet legal standards. Increasingly stringent laws & regulations for manufacturers worldwide to follow to ensure human and environmental safety propels growth.

For instance, manufacturers in European countries must comply with several safety laws, including the classification, labeling, and packaging/globally harmonized system (CLS/GHS), REACH, CE and RE Marking, EU Children Safety, Toy Safety Act, and others. These criteria are in place to guarantee that items meet quality and safety standards.

Several countries' government authorities are mandating the testing and inspection certification to provide safe and quality products. For instance,

  • In March 2021, the TIC Council of America joined the Buy Safe America Coalition, a diverse group of consumers, retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers supporting the INFORM Consumers Act. The legislation consumer act was introduced to increase accountability and transparency for online marketplaces to solve the growing problem of elicited goods sold online.


High Cost Associated with TIC Services to Hinder the Market Growth

The cost of TIC services varies depending on the industry, geographical area, and product pricing. In developed countries, TIC services are expensive. For instance, quarterly certification fees across Germany, France, and the U.S. range from USD 500 to USD 1,500 according to the SGS SA testing service provider. Also, according to ALS Limited, the inspection cost of the consumer and retail products ranges from USD 200 to 1,000 in China, India, and others. Such a high cost for the inspection and certification is a costly affair for small & medium scale industry players. Thus, the high cost of these services hampers the Testing, Inspection and Certification market growth.


By Services Type Analysis

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Increasing Manufacturing Investment for Retail and Consumer Goods Drives the Market Growth

The market is classified as testing, inspection, and certification based on service type. Among these, testing is projected to account for the highest Testing, Inspection and Certification market share during the projected period, owing to increased industrial investments and rising consumer product demand globally. Since end-user customers are more concerned with quality and transparency, manufacturers focus on producing and trading high-quality goods ethically, increasing the need for testing services.

Further, certification and inspection services are also growing steadily due to strict rules and regulations for consumer’s health safety in different countries.

By Sourcing Type Analysis

Low-cost Conformity Assessment Process offered by Outsourcing TIC Services to Propel the Market Expansion

The market is classified into in-house and outsource based on sourcing type.

Organizations providing in-house and outsourced testing, inspection, and certification service operations may differ from application to application. For instance, attributed to the importance of applications, businesses such as the public sector and mining choose in-house testing, inspection, and certification services over outsourced TIC services. Consumer products and environmental businesses, on the other hand, are more likely to favor outsourcing TIC services.

Outsource is expected to show the fastest growth during the projection period since the third-party TIC is a low-cost conformity assessment process that leads to greater compliance levels. In addition, it helps government agencies increase efficiencies and manage market surveillance resources while also ensuring higher consumer satisfaction with safer products. It also aids manufacturers in lowering internal compliance costs and more effectively navigating the global market regulations.

By Industry Analysis

Growing Adoption of Certified Products through E-commerce Portals Drives the Market Growth

Based on industry, the Testing, Inspection and Certification market is divided into consumer goods & retail, agriculture & food, chemicals, oil & gas, manufacturing, and others. Consumer goods & retail is expected to have the biggest market share during the forecast period due to the growing popularity of e-commerce websites for purchasing retail products. In addition, the testing, certification, and inspection industry is also developing, attributed to increasing customer awareness of standard and certified items via online e-commerce portals. As per May 2021 report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the e-commerce sector jumped to USD 26.7 trillion, with retail and consumer goods share increasing from 16% to 19% in 2020. Such an increase in the consumer goods and retail sector surges the demand for certification and testing services around the globe.

Agriculture and food, oil and gas, chemicals, and manufacturing are also expected to grow significantly, resulting in increased international trade operations in these sectors. As per November 2021 report by UNCTAD, world imports and exports of goods in the third quarter of 2021 reached USD 5.6 trillion. These import-export international transactions necessitate a variety of third-party certification, inspection, and testing services for product verification and quality assurance, resulting in Testing, Inspection and Certification market growth.


Europe Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market Size, 2021 (USD Billion)

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Based on region, the Testing, Inspection and Certification market is analyzed across five major regions such as Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa.

The Europe Testing Inspection & Certification Market size was valued at USD 74.49 Billion in 2021 and is growing at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2022 to 2029. Europe dominated the global market with a share of 35.74% in 2021. This is primarily due to several leading players such as Bureau Veritas (BV), SGS SA, DEKRA Certification B.V., TUV SUD AG, Intertek Group PLC, and others. These players are investing a considerable amount in enhancing their services. For instance,

  • In June 2021: TÜV Rheinland launched the Hydrogen Competence Center to provide testing services for safe storage, production, transport, and use of hydrogen energy worldwide. The center was launched internationally to operate testing services across Europe.

North America is expected to grow steadily during the forecast period. This is primarily due to increasing consumer awareness of the standard and customized products. As per February 2020 CSA Group Testing & Certification Organization Survey, around 69% of North American customers bought goods with the CSA and other certification marks in 2020. The Testing, Inspection and Certification market is growing as a result of increased consumer awareness of standard and certified products.

Asia Pacific is predicted to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This is due to increased end-user investment in manufacturing, electronics, and automotive businesses in developing countries such as China, Japan, India, and others. Siemens AG, General Electric Company, Toshiba Corporation, HTC Corporation, and other electronics manufacturing corporations are expanding their manufacturing units across Asia. This expansion is projected to generate a wide range of opportunities for TIC service providers. According to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in India, the manufacturing sector investment in India amounted to USD 100.35 billion from April 2000 to June 2021.

The Middle East & Africa is projected to increase at a moderate CAGR throughout the projected period due to increase in oil & gas exports and imports of consumer goods, food, and beverages. According to the World Integrated Trade Solution Organization, the total value of these sectors' exports was USD 924,462 million in 2019. It generated numerous growth opportunities of the TIC services sector.

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Similarly, South America is anticipated to rise at a significant CAGR during the projection period. This is primarily due to an increase in foreign trade activity and rise in agricultural investment.


Rising Expansion Strategy by Players and Adoption of AI Technology Drive the Market Growth

Key companies, such as SGS SA, Bureau Veritas (BV), DEKRA Certification B.V., Intertek Group PLC, TÜV SÜD AG, and others, are focusing on providing advanced facilities. Through the use of business strategies, such as mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships, these players are growing their services in a number of countries throughout the world. For instance,

  • March 2021: Intertek Group PLC launched advanced analytical testing services for determining allergens in cosmetics that were refined for increased specificity, efficiency, and accuracy. This service assists clients in meeting regulatory requirements and ensuring safer products.

  • April 2021: Socotec Italia acquired Tecnolab Srl, an Italian organization that provides geotechnical testing services for building materials. With greater production capacity, knowledge, and reactivity to benefit clients, this purchase strengthens its position in the Italian infrastructure sector.

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  • January 2022: SGS and Microsoft announced a collaboration to create new digital TIC services. Microsoft's cross-industry knowledge, advanced data solutions, productivity platforms, and our global network and industry competency will be used to produce novel solutions for customers in this market.

  • November 2021: DNV GL developed a hydrogen testing and research lab to assess the performance of components used in hydrogen transit and storage. The new facility is an enlargement of DNV's Columbus, Ohio-based materials performance and testing laboratory.


An Infographic Representation of Testing, Inspection, & Certification (TIC) Market

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The Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) market research report highlights leading regions worldwide for better understanding of the user. Furthermore, the report provides insights into the latest key market trends, market share, market size, and global analysis of technologies deployed globally. The market report further highlights some of the growth-stimulating factors and restraints, helping the reader gain in-depth knowledge about the market. This Testing, Inspection and Certification market includes industry analysis, report, overview, outlook, growth strategies, and overall market size.




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By Service Type, Sourcing Type, Industry, and Region

By Service Type

  • Testing

  • Inspection

  • Certification

By Sourcing Type

  • In-House

  • Outsource

By Industry

  • Consumer Goods & Retail

  • Agriculture & Food

  • Chemicals

  • Oil & Gas

  • Manufacturing

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Service Type, Industry, and Country)

    • U.S. (By Service Type)

    • Canada (By Service Type)

    • Mexico (By Service Type)

  • Europe (By Service Type, Industry, and Country)

    • U.K. (By Service Type)

    • Germany (By Service Type)

    • France (By Service Type)

    • Italy (By Service Type)

    • Spain (By Service Type)

    • Russia (By Service Type)

    • Benelux (By Service Type)

    • Nordics (By Service Type)

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific (By Service Type, Industry, and Country)

    • China (By Service Type)

    • Japan (By Service Type)

    • India (By Service Type)

    • South Korea (By Service Type)

    • ASEAN (By Service Type)

    • Oceania (By Service Type)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Middle East & Africa (By Service Type, Industry, and Country)

    • Turkey (By Service Type)

    • Israel (By Service Type)

    • GCC (By Service Type)

    • North Africa (By Service Type)

    • South Africa (By Service Type)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

  • South America (By Service Type, Industry, and Country)

    • Brazil (By Service Type)

    • Argentina (By Service Type)

    • Rest of South America

Frequently Asked Questions

The market is projected to reach USD 328.23 billion by 2029.

In 2021, the market size stood at USD 208.43 billion.

The testing segment is likely to lead the market.

The increasing international trade and rising consumer awareness toward standardized products are escalating the market growth.

SGS SA, Bureau Veritas (BV), DEKRA Certification B.V., Intertek Group PLC, TUV SUD AG, and APPLUS+ are the top players in the market.

Europe is expected to hold the largest global share in the market.

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