Intellect has launched a guide to best practice in software testing supported by more than 25 organisations.
Software purchasers have now been advised to check if suppliers are following the code.
Intellect, the trade association for the UK technology industry, has issued its Software Testing Code of Best Practice, which aims to ensure more software-testing programmes are delivered successfully.
The code is supported by more than 25 organisations involved in software standards and testing, including the British Standards Institute.
Poor testing results in a negative image of software, which in turn reduces investment in software and therefore the industry's input to the economy, said Intellect.
The new code lays out ten commitments to best practice in ten specific areas when considering or undertaking testing.
Intellect is encouraging all software suppliers to now follow the guide and is calling on those purchasing software to check if their supplier adheres to it.
Software suppliers that have already signed up to the code include Microsoft, IBM, Logica and EDS.
John Higgins, director general of Intellect, said, "This code, based on the know how of the best in the business, sets new standards for the sector and will help ensure software works well for us all."