A Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice ruled that the director of the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s toxicology lab in Halifax, Canada, cannot give expert opinion evidence about the results of urine testing at a child protection proceeding. The judge found that the laboratory’s opinion could not be found to be reliable because the lab is […]
New Gold ‘s New Afton copper-gold mine and concentrator plant is located approximately 350 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia. Energy is the second biggest expense (after labour) accounting for 13% of total annual operational expense in 2015. An improvement in energy performance is one of the areas in which a significant increase in profitability […]
Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse paper products such as industrial packaging, food service, coated and uncoated groundwood, newsprint, directory, and market pulp. Customers include retailers, publishers and commercial printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe. The company set a target to reduce electricity consumption by 3%, and adopted ISO 50001 as a […]
Global Wood Concepts Ltd. is a Toronto-based company that designs and manufactures high-quality office furniture for standard and custom installations. Established in 1986, it ships about 700 units per day to customers across Canada and the United States. Since the company achieved ISO 50001 accredited certification, it has realised significant energy savings across several energy […]
Chrysler, the US car manufacturer, achieved accredited certification to ISO 50001 at its Brampton assembly plant in Canada. The driver for certification was to improve environmental performance and to cut energy costs. The plant has achieved savings of over $2 million, including $110,000 in annual electricity costs through lighting control systems, and almost $2 million […]
The Bromont plant, located 80 kilometres east of Montréal, is IBM’s largest semiconductor assembly and testing facility and its only manufacturing plant in Canada. By adopting accredited certification to ISO 50001, IBM Bromont achieved 9.2% energy conservation and saved CAD $550,000 in 2013. The plant averaged an annual reduction in total energy use of more […]
The Lincoln Electric Company of Canada, a large multinational employing over 10,000 staff, has a Welding wire and manufacturing plant in Toronto, Ontario. The plant has three divisions housed in one facility, each with different energy needs. Two divisions produce steel welding wire, and the third makes industrial welding machines. Lincoln Electric sells diesel-driven DC […]
St Marys Cement, a division of Votorantim Cimentos, a Brazilian company and one of world’s top 10 cement producers, implemented ISO 50001 to improve the management of its energy consumption. In the first full year after ISO 50001 certification, one of its plants was able to produce 117,840 equivalent tons more product than during the previous year […]
The Global Innovation Index (GII) provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. The index is the result of a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The GII has gained international recognition, establishing itself as both a leading reference on innovation and […]
A study has been carried out by the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul to investigate the correlation between gross domestic product and the total number of accredited laboratories in North, Central and South America. It concluded that there is a strong positive correlation between the total number of accredited laboratories and the gross […]
This article, written by Basak Manders and Henk J. de Vries from the Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University, summarises key results from 42 scientific studies showing that implementing ISO 9001 does enhance financial performance. The researchers looked at financial indicators such as return on assets, sales, investment and equity, and profit margin, profitability, increased […]
The authors examine how third party certification with quality management standards and mutual recognition of certification through international agreements of accreditation bodies creates trust between trading partners and increases bilateral trade. They focus on the food, beverage and tobacco industry and use augmented gravity models for the 2000-2008 period. Their results show that quality management […]
The authors base their paper on data from a global company survey of certified companies carried out by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) in 2010/11. They use multivariate Probit and ordered Probit models to analyze how company internal and external factors influence the perception of benefits from accredited certification. Benefits from accredited certification are divided […]
A Europe-wide study conducted by the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA) has revealed that nearly 80% of products tested bearing the CE Mark through self-declaration of conformity (SDoC) did not comply with EU Regulations. The survey also found that 16% of products showed safety-critical failures, resulting in a high risk of shock or fire. […]
A comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies relating to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 (Tari, Molina-Azorin and Heras, 2012) concludes that both management system standards provide clear benefits on operational. people and customer performance. Download a copy of the review.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. It has published a summary document for policy […]
This publication is intended to assist businesses and individuals to demonstrate the tangible benefits that standards bring to organisations – and, more generally, to citizens and society, by: Highlighting how standards create value for the organizations that use them, and how we calculate the value of standards, and Providing factsheets of case studies that quantify […]
This video, produced by CEN/CENELEC, shows how standards can help SMEs. The video can be viewed on YouTube.
This ISO publication sets out how standards provide solutions and achieve benefits for almost all sectors, including agriculture, construction, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, distribution, transport, healthcare, ICT, the environment, and energy. The publication includes external data that demonstrates the impact of standards on certain industries: According to the Canberra-based Centre of International Economics, a sampling of […]
A study conducted by CALA, a Canadian Accreditation body, carried out comparisons between accredited and non-accredited laboratories providing results to a CALA proficiency testing (PT) programme. The data involved inorganic tests, organic tests and microbiological tests. In all cases examined, the percentage of both ‘Questionable’ and ‘Unsatisfactory’ performance was higher for non-accredited laboratories than for accredited […]
As a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) looking to expand your business, this ISO brochure shows you how ISO International Standards can enhance your business as they have done for thousands of other small enterprises before you.