The Interviewer Quality Control Scheme (IQCS) has been firmly established as the industry’s benchmark quality standard for data collection since 1978.

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IQCS members uphold and adhere to a set of contemporary standards covering the recruitment, training and appraisal of data collection staff. Members implement various procedures that guarantee research will be carried out to the highest standards as well as streamlining processes , saving both time and money.


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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most significant change to data protection in the UK and EU since 1995. Designed for the digital age, with strengthened individual rights and greater business accountability, it will impact organisations of all sizes processing personal data.
The new regulation will be enforced in all EU Member States from May 2018 – which is almost certain to be before the UK leaves the EU – meaning that compliance must be a top priority for UK-based businesses.
It’s vital that membership is ready to meet the new obligations and responsibilities that the GDPR will bring, especially in light of potentially high penalties in the enforcement regime.
Dr Michelle Goddard, Director of Policy & Standards, MRS, talked about the impact of GDPR and offered tips on best practice and Jackie Megahey, Director Information Security / Data Protection, GfK, outlined the issues surrounding compliance and its implementation by research agencies.


Job Opportunities

If you are interested in working for one of our member companies either as an interviewer or in any other position please feel free to get in touch with them using our directory. Please click on the pic below.


The newest IQCS Poll is now available.

2017 is upon us and the world is changing.
What do you think are the three main challenges facing the market research industry in 2017?

Please click here if you want to participate in the poll!

IQCS AGM and Awards 2016

The IQCS AGM and Awards event was fun and well attended as always. Thank you to Gill for organising this lovely event for us again!

Start of the AGM

Start of the AGM


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The Market Research Benevolent Association (MRBA) is the industry’s only independent, registered charity. Their mission is to provide financial assistance and support to anyone who works or has worked in market research and to their immediate families.

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