Improving company performance

Standards, certification, testing, inspection and accreditation, help businesses to reduce costs, increase productivity and access new markets.

The examples below cite tangible financial data to evidence the cost savings achieved whether through resource efficiency or meeting regulation at lower cost, the value of accessing new markets , or savings achieved through recognition from organisations such as insurers, regulators or purchasers. These benefits have an impact on the overall company performance of businesses that have used standards or accredited services.

Accreditation helps the Botswana National Dosimetry Laboratory to grow

Accreditation helps the Botswana National Dosimetry Laboratory to grow

The control of occupational radiation exposure through the provision of Dosimetry services is an integral part of one of the three main principles on which protection against ionizing radiation is based – the principle of optimization of radiological protection.  The premise of optimization is that all reasonable efforts are made to reduce doses due to […]


ISO 15189 accreditation helps Bomu Hospital improves testing results and internal efficiency

ISO 15189 accreditation helps Bomu Hospital improves testing results and internal efficiency

In the two years since Bomu Hospital Laboratory gained accredited, it has recorded notable improvements in their performance which Dr. Aabid A. Ahmed, the Bomu Laboratory Director, directly attribute to their ISO 15189 accreditation: The Laboratory is now used as a benchmark for performance, by a number of laboratories in the Coast region who consult […]


Accredited breast cancer test at UK Hospital cuts waiting time by 90 per cent

Accredited breast cancer test at UK Hospital cuts waiting time by 90 per cent

Breast cancer patients are now benefiting from drastically reduced waiting times for treatment thanks to a test, accredited by UKAS, now being carried out at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The test has cut the time doctors have to wait before being able to decide which treatment to give patients, from three weeks, down to just two […]


Insurers gain accreditation to manage their own risk

Insurers gain accreditation to manage their own risk

Insurers, such as Allianz Engineering and Zurich Engineering, have gained UKAS accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020, which sets out requirements for the competence of bodies performing inspections, to ensure that their engineering surveyors can carry out dynamic and robust risk assessments for any client location. Accreditation requires that the continual training and competency of their surveyors is maintained and improved, and ensures that the […]


XL Catlin insurer recognise value of standards when underwriting cyber risk

XL Catlin insurer recognise value of standards when underwriting cyber risk

When underwriting cyber risk, standards like the UK Government backed scheme Cyber Essentials Plus (Cyber Essentials with verification of cyber security by an assured Certification Body) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the US Department of Commerce) can be effective risk controls. Cyber Essentials Plus is a good place to start for SME’s and NIST is especially relevant when […]


Using accreditation as a leverage for change

Using accreditation as a leverage for change

Independent Vascular Services (IVS) Ltd specialises in the provision of high quality, comprehensive vascular services to both NHS and private sector hospitals in England, UK.  In 2014 IVS became the UK’s first vascular laboratory to gain UKAS accreditation under the Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) scheme. IVS used feedback (or non-conformities) comments from the […]


Accreditation: Putting safety and interoperability on the right track

Accreditation: Putting safety and interoperability on the right track

Ricardo plc is a global engineering and environmental consultancy, specialising in the transport and energy sectors.  The combination of two EU directives make it mandatory for organisations assessing the interoperability and safety of rail systems within the European rail sector to be accredited by a recognised national accreditation body, such as UKAS. Ricardo Certification holds […]


Steel Company saves USD 7.6m in year 1 with ISO 50001

Steel Company saves USD 7.6m in year 1 with ISO 50001

ArcelorMittal Saldanha Works is part of the South African steel industry, producing Hot Rolled Coil (HRC) steel products in Saldanha Bay, located on the West Coast of South Africa. Rising electricity and energy prices combined with the global and South African economic downturn have impacted on the plant’s competitiveness, while at the same time the […]


Dairy Producer saves 21% of energy costs, while increasing production by 42%

Dairy Producer saves 21% of energy costs, while increasing production by 42%

Darigold, a dairy and food processing company based in the United States, implemented an energy management system across their business which enabled them to make huge cost savings and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Despite energy cost volatility and constantly changing utility rates, Darigold’s energy strategy has resulted in a 21% energy intensity reduction (BTU/lb) […]


Singaporean supermarket gains USD 3.2 million annually from standards

Singaporean supermarket gains USD 3.2 million annually from standards

NTUC Fairprice, a supermarket chain based in Singapore, estimated the total benefit of implementing standards in its procurement, warehousing / distribution and retail functions to be SGD 13.6 million (USD 10 million) over a ten year period. Further information is available on the ISO website.


47% of sales linked to ISO 9001 certification

47% of sales linked to ISO 9001 certification

Colombian plastics company, Gerfor, which focuses on the manufacturing of PVC pipes and accessories, attributed 47% of total sales revenues to contracts for which compliance with standards (primarily ISO 9001) was considered essential to winning the sale. The company also reduced PVC resin inspection and analysis time from four hours to 15 minutes by following […]


Standards generate BRL 4.37 million (1.9 % of company turnover)

Standards generate BRL 4.37 million (1.9 % of company turnover)

Festo Brasil is an industrial automation business supplying sectors such as automotive, food, packaging, plastics, and electronics, as well as substantial interest in petrochemical, sugar and alcohol sectors. Impact of standards on total earnings before interest and taxes of Festo Brasil, totalled BRL 4.37 million, corresponding to 1.9% of company turnover. Further information is available […]


30% of Fruit exporter profits attributed to standards

30% of Fruit exporter profits attributed to standards

Danper is a large agro-exporter company in Peru, with total revenues of USD 88 million in 2010, derived almost entirely from exports to the USA, Europe and other markets. Asparagus and artichokes are by far the most important produce, and its business comprises of three major lines; preserved good, (77% of sales), fresh produce (21%) […]


Standards have a positive impact of 4.96% on EBIT for brick company

Standards have a positive impact of 4.96% on EBIT for brick company

Botswana brick manufacturer Lobatse Clay Works produces in excess of 30 million units per year. It employs 175 people including six temporary workers and interns. It has revenues in excess of 64 million Botswana Pula (BWP), equivalent to about USD 9.73m. The company estimated standards as having a positive impact of 4.96% on earnings before […]


Standards contribute between 1.1% and 2.8% of EBIT

Standards contribute between 1.1% and 2.8% of EBIT

German electricity switchgear supplier Siemens cites cumulated benefits on earnings before interest and taxes from using standards of between 1.1 % to 2.8 %. High-voltage switchgear and control gear is mainly used for power transmission and medium-voltage switchgear for power distribution. Siemens produces a wide variety of switchgear and control gear, which are all of a […]


German ICT company achieves 14% cost savings and 19% increase in sales

German ICT company achieves 14% cost savings and 19% increase in sales

Nanotron Technologies, a German information and communications technology company, achieved 14 % cost savings and 19 % increase in sales revenue by using standards, equivalent to almost 33 % of overall annual sales revenue. Further details is available on the ISO website.  


Standards contribute 0.43% to total revenue of Indonesian concrete manufacturer

Standards contribute 0.43% to total revenue of Indonesian concrete manufacturer

A 0.43 % contribution to total revenue by using standards was reported by Indonesian pre­cast concrete manufacturer, PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA). This equates to IDR 1.05 billion (USD 115 000) (annually), and close to 6 % of the annual EBIT. WIKA BETON is one of the subsidiaries of PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) – Tbk (WIKA), […]


ISO 15189 accreditation boosts revenue for PathLab Medical Laboratories ltd.

ISO 15189 accreditation boosts revenue for PathLab Medical Laboratories ltd.

PathLab Medical Laboratories Ltd is a privately owned, multidisciplinary laboratory based in Hong Kong. The laboratory was one of the earlier private sector laboratory to gain accreditation to ISO 15189. While the laboratory has been trading for over 40 years, the award of accreditation provided a step-change in revenue. Although the driver for accreditation was […]


ISO 50001 saves cement plant in Canada $2,071,309

ISO 50001 saves cement plant in Canada $2,071,309

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 […]


ADNOC saves US $150 million in energy costs over 3 years

ADNOC saves US $150 million in energy costs over 3 years

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is a state-owned oil and gas company that manages, produces and preserves Abu Dhabi’s hydrocarbon resource. ADNOC has received significant benefit from adopting accredited certification to ISO 50001 in 2014. To date, its energy performance has improved 6% from the 2014 baseline. In terms of energy, this is […]


Nissan Saves $9.4 Million by Implementing ISO 50001

Nissan Saves $9.4 Million by Implementing ISO 50001

Nissan Motor Company, a leading multinational car manufacturer, has adopted accredited certification to ISO 50001 at all three of its U.S. plants, saving close to 1,600 billion Btu of primary energy and $9.4 million in energy costs annually. Data from two certified sites show that about two-thirds of the energy savings were achieved with no capital investment, […]


Competing on a level playing field with larger rivals

Competing on a level playing field with larger rivals

Conematic Heating Systems, a privately owned company employing about 20 people, is a supplier of home heating technology, supplying advanced heating appliances to the North American domestic market. As a small company with only large competitors in the heating industry, scalability is imperative if Conematic is to accelerate production and compete with larger competitors. ISO 9001 provides […]


Italian Study identifies the benefits of accredited H&S management systems

Italian Study identifies the benefits of accredited H&S management systems

A study carried out by Accredia, the Italian Accreditation Body, INAIL, a public insurer, and AICQ, the Italian Quality Institute, has identified that companies with accredited certification of their health and safety management system (OHSAS 18001) provides businesses with a number of benefits. A total of large, medium and small 238 organisations responded to a […]


Censis Report: ISO 9001 certified companies perform better

Censis Report: ISO 9001 certified companies perform better

The “Quality, Growth, Innovation” report conducted by Accredia, the Italian Accreditation body,  in collaboration with Censis – Social Investment Research Center – has shown that certified companies are generally characterised by: better profitability; better day-to-day management; better labour productivity. The certification of the quality management system according to the ISO 9001 standards has a high […]


Insurance association: Standards and Accreditation support risk and add value (2018)

Insurance association: Standards and Accreditation support risk and add value (2018)

AIRMIC, the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce, has published a white paper on the value that standards and accredited conformity assessment can play in the management of risk. The report states that there is plenty of evidence that organisations perform better when they adopt voluntary quality standards, yet for the most […]


The Economic Value of Accreditation in Australia (April 2018)

The Economic Value of Accreditation in Australia (April 2018)

The National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) is Australia’s national authority for the accreditation of laboratories and producers of reference materials, and a peak body for the accreditation of inspection bodies and proficiency testing scheme providers. It commissioned the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to conduct research to evaluate the economic value of accreditation […]


Standards support business competitiveness in Colombia (2018)

Standards support business competitiveness in Colombia (2018)

A study titled “Standardisation: a contribution to the competitiveness of Colombian organisations, case studies to measure the economic impact of technical standards.” was published in 2018, to increase the awareness of the multiple benefits that the technical standards bring to Colombian organisations. This publication describes not only the evolution of standardization in Colombia, but also […]


ISO 9001 certification used as a measure in Global Innovation Index

ISO 9001 certification used as a measure in Global Innovation Index

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 […]


UK Business report uses 9001 as an indicator of Good Governance

UK Business report uses 9001 as an indicator of Good Governance

The 2017 Good Governance Report, published by the Institute of Director’s (IOD) flagship corporate governance publication which ranks the UK’s largest listed companies based on their corporate governance performance, now uses accredited certification to ISO 9001 as one of the data sources. The IOD supports, represents and set standards for business leaders in the UK. […]


Does ISO 9001 pay? – An analysis of 42 studies

Does ISO 9001 pay? – An analysis of 42 studies

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 […]


Formal standardisation positively related to firm performance in German manufacturing sector

Formal standardisation positively related to firm performance in German manufacturing sector

The authors investigate how the participation within formal standardization is related to the performance of 1561 German companies. A Cobb-Douglas production function is estimated in order to use the Solow-residuals as indicator for the firm performance. Participation within formal standardization is measured by the number of committee seats at the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). The results […]


Accreditation improves quality of care and clinical outcomes for Healthcare Services

Accreditation improves quality of care and clinical outcomes for Healthcare Services

The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of accreditation programmes on the quality of healthcare services. A systematic review of literature concludes that there is consistent evidence that shows that accreditation programs improve the process of care provided by healthcare services. There is considerable evidence to show that accreditation programs improve clinical […]


Mutual recognition of certification has significant effect on trade in the food, beverage and tobacco industry

Mutual recognition of certification has significant effect on trade in the food, beverage and tobacco industry

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 […]


Standards have a positive effect on Chinese food exports

Standards have a positive effect on Chinese food exports

Using a new database on standards in China, the authors estimate the impact of voluntary and mandatory standards–either harmonized to international norms or purely domestic–on Chinese food exports. The dataset covers seven Chinese products over the period 1992–2008. The authors find that standards have a positive effect on China’s export performance, as the benefits to […]


ISO 14001 certification provides critical positive impact on many dimensions of operational performance.

ISO 14001 certification provides critical positive impact on many dimensions of operational performance.

Drawing on data provided by a survey of North American managers, their attitudes toward EMS and ISO 14001, this study assesses the relative effects of having a formal but uncertified EMS compared to having a formal, certified system. The results strongly demonstrate that firms in possession of a formal EMS perceive impacts well beyond pollution […]


Exploring business benefits of internationally recognized certifications

Exploring business benefits of internationally recognized certifications

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 […]


Accreditation helps businesses to win new or maintain existing business

Accreditation helps businesses to win new or maintain existing business

UKAS, the UK accreditation body, carried out a survey to capture feedback on the value of accreditation for organisations in established technical sectors. The survey aimed to gain insight into the reasons for maintaining accreditation, to identify the positive outcomes that are realised through accreditation, and to investigate the value of selected elements of the […]


79% of Spanish firms considers ISO 18001 (OHSAS) certification makes it easier to comply with legal obligations

79% of Spanish firms considers ISO 18001 (OHSAS) certification makes it easier to comply with legal obligations

Research based on 131 Spanish companies of various sizes across the industrial, construction and service sectors, found that 79% agreed ISO 18001 certification for Occupational Health & Safety makes it easier to comply with legal obligations. Furthermore, 78% agreed it improved internal organisation and documentation systems and 67% felt it improved their corporate image. The report concludes […]


QMS certification enhances business performance and delivers financial benefits

QMS certification enhances business performance and delivers financial benefits

Research based on over 300 Taiwanese companies across the manufacturing and service industries concluded “after summarizing the empirical results, we arrive at the following statement: ISO accreditation can enhance the business performance of an enterprise” (Wu & Chen, 2012). The Balanced Scorecard and Activity Based Costing methods were used to compare performance between companies that […]


12 year study in Brazil shows direct link between QMS Certification and increased sales revenue

12 year study in Brazil shows direct link between QMS Certification and increased sales revenue

Research conducted in Brazil on 44 ISO 9000 certified companies over a 12 year period demonstrated that QMS certification has a direct link to increased sales revenue, reduced cost of goods sold and increased asset turnover ratio. The nature of the companies surveyed also enables the report to conclude that a variety of organisations can […]


Certified companies’ see improving rates of return after certification from non-certified companies

Certified companies’ see improving rates of return after certification from non-certified companies

A study of businesses in Denmark, 734 of whom were certified to ISO 9001 and 644 of whom weren’t showed that in the year of certification, those certified they had a 20% higher rate of return. Two years later this differential had risen to 35%. A full copy of the research is available here.  


Certification increases the rate of innovation by up to 25%

Certification increases the rate of innovation by up to 25%

A study of companies in Luxembourg certified to ISO 9001 increases the probability to be innovative of about 25% for small firms and of 15% for the largest firms. A copy of the report is available here.


Spanish firms certified to ISO 22000 improve their services and achieve major external benefits

Spanish firms certified to ISO 22000 improve their services and achieve major external benefits

A study based on 105 responses of Spanish ISO 20000 (IT Service Management) certified firms (Cots, Casadeus and Marimom, 2016) by applying SEM, a multivariate statistical technique that is widely used in the literature, showed that certification contributed to significant benefits such as the marketing proposition, company reputation, the ability to satisfy existing and future […]


US OHSAS 18001 certified firms show significant increases in business and safety performance

US OHSAS 18001 certified firms show significant increases in business and safety performance

Research based on a sample of 211 US listed manufacturing firms with OHSAS 18001 certification (Lo, Pagell, Fana, Wiengarten and Yeung, 2014) concluded that certification leads to significant increases in performance on safety, as well as sales growth, labour productivity and profitability. A copy of the report is available here.  


Comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies shows clear benefits of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies shows clear benefits of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

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.  


Environmental Management Systems Certification improves performance according to US Managers

Environmental Management Systems Certification improves performance according to US Managers

Research carried out with managers from North America (Melnyk, Sroufw and Calantone, 2003) found that firms that have gone through Environmental Management Systems certification experience a greater impact on performance that firms that have not. A copy of the report is available here.    


Australian and New Zealand companies improve operational performance with ISO 9001 certification

Australian and New Zealand companies improve operational performance with ISO 9001 certification

The results of a survey in Australia and New Zealand manufacturing and service companies showed a positive and significant relationship between certification practices (implementation, organisational commitment, and planning) and operational performance (Feng, Terziovski and Samson, 2008). A full copy of the report is available here.  


65% of ISO 9001 certified companies obtain high levels of internal and external benefits

65% of ISO 9001 certified companies obtain high levels of internal and external benefits

A study of 288 ISO 9001 certified Spanish companies found that 65% of companies obtained very high levels of internal and external benefits (Casadesus and Gimenez, 2000). A full copy of the report is available here.  


Financial performance of ISO 14001 certified publicly traded US firms is higher than those without certification

Financial performance of ISO 14001 certified publicly traded US firms is higher than those without certification

The effects of ISO 14001 certification on financial performance were investigated by tracking the financials of publicly traded US firms between 1996 and 2005 (De Jong, Paulraj and Blome, 2014). The results demonstrated that ISO 14001 certification shows a significant financial improvement, especially in the long term. A full copy of the report is available […]


Brazilian publicly traded ISO 14001 certified companies demonstrate higher profitability

Brazilian publicly traded ISO 14001 certified companies demonstrate higher profitability

The financial performance of companies with and without ISO 14001 environmental management system certification was investigated using data on 552 publicly traded Brazilian companies between 1996 and 2008 (Ferron et al. 2012). The results indicated that firms with accredited certification to ISO 14001 tended to be more profitable than those without certification. A full copy of […]


ISO 9001 certified firms perform significantly better on Singapore Stock Exchange

ISO 9001 certified firms perform significantly better on Singapore Stock Exchange

70 companies listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange were examined to investigate the association between ISO 9001 certification and financial performance (Sharma, 2005). The research concluded that ISO 9001 certification is associated with significant improvements in profit margin, growth in sales, and earnings per share. These improvements are driven largely through operational efficiencies following the […]


US public traded manufacturing firms show improved financial performance with ISO 9001 certification

US public traded manufacturing firms show improved financial performance with ISO 9001 certification

The financial impact of ISO 9001 certification was investigated by tracking the financial performance from 1987 to 1997 of all publicly traded ISO 9001 certification firms in the US (Corbett, Montes-Sancho and Kirsch, 2005). Results confirmed that ISO 9001 certification leads to significant improvements in financial performance, that are also sustained after the initial certification […]


Harvard Business School confirms ISO 9001 US certified companies out-perform similar non-certified one’s

Harvard Business School confirms ISO 9001 US certified companies out-perform similar non-certified one’s

Research carried out by Harvard Business school (Levine and Tofel, 2010) among 1000 organisations, 500 with and 500 without Quality Management Systems implemented and certified, found that ISO 9001 certified organisations had a 9% higher turnover (and higher profit), higher salary levels, and in combination with ISO 14001, produced less waste and fewer incidents. A […]


Spanish companies improve customer relationships with ISO 9001 certification

Spanish companies improve customer relationships with ISO 9001 certification

A survey of more than 500 Spanish companies with ISO 9001 certification (Prado-Roman et al, 2016) concluded that more than 80% reported an increase in customer satisfaction and loyalty, and a reduction in complaints and product defects. A full copy of the report is available here.  


ISO 9001 certification supports success for Spanish construction companies

ISO 9001 certification supports success for Spanish construction companies

Survey responses from 126 Spanish ISO 9001 certified construction companies (Prado-Roman et al, 2016) showed that: 74% agree that ISO 9001 is highly or extremely relevant for organisational process improvements 86% consider that ISO 9001 is highly or extremely relevant to achieve commercial success 74% consider that ISO 9001 is relevant for financial success 98% […]


ISO 9001 certification has significant effect on Brazilian cardboard companies

ISO 9001 certification has significant effect on Brazilian cardboard companies

The organisational impact due to ISO 9001 certification was researched with a sample of 95 Brazilian cardboard companies (Prates, Alckmin and Viera, 2014) and concluded that ‘ISO 9001 certification has a positive and significant effect on production, purchasing, human resources and marketing performance’. A full copy of the report is available here.  


ISO 9000 improves quality and performance results of Australian companies

ISO 9000 improves quality and performance results of Australian companies

The relationships between management practice prescribed by ISO 9001 and both quality outputs and business performance, were tested with data gathering in 2007 from 418 Australian ISO 9001 registered manufacturing plants, using advanced statistical techniques (Singh, 2008). The results support the existence of positive relationships between the implementation of ISO 9001 management practices and most […]


ISO 9000 certification significantly impacts process innovation performance of Australian companies

ISO 9000 certification significantly impacts process innovation performance of Australian companies

The effect of ISO 9001 certification in innovation performance were investigated with 220 survey responses from Australian companies of different sectors (Terziovsky and Guerrero, 2014). The conclusions support the view that ‘ISO 9001 certification has a positive impact on process innovation performance measures such as restructuring, and to apply the internal customer concept. ISO 9001 […]


The benefits of adopting the Quality Management Standard, ISO 9001 as a small business owner

The benefits of adopting the Quality Management Standard, ISO 9001 as a small business owner

Customer research carried out by BSI, the UK Standards body, (BSI voice of the customer survey 2012 to 2015) has shown that as a result of implementing and gaining ISO 9001 certification: 50.6% of businesses attract new customers 50.6% report improvements in products or services 60.8% report an increase in trust in their business 61.8% of […]


The value of ISO 14001 in Australia and New Zealand

The value of ISO 14001 in Australia and New Zealand

A study was conducted by Monash University’s Department of Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics, aimed  to investigate the perceptions of Australian and New Zealand businesses with respect to the drivers for the adoption of the ISO 14001 environmental system standard. The report concluded that the benefits of accredited certification to this standard included […]


The Value of ISO 9001 for Australian and New Zealand Businesses

The Value of ISO 9001 for Australian and New Zealand Businesses

A study, conducted by Monash University’s Department of Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics, aimed to identify the operational and performance benefits of adopting ISO 9001 in Australia and New Zealand. Data for the study was collected by means of a questionnaire survey with 300 responses received from Australian businesses and 239 from […]


The value of accreditation for small conformity assessment bodies

The value of accreditation for small conformity assessment bodies

A survey was carried out in 2016 by UKAS, the UK accreditation body, to capture feedback on the value of accreditation for conformity assessment bodies that have stable scopes in established technical sectors. It confirmed that these businesses derive both internal and external commercial benefit from their accredited status: 93% of respondents agree that accreditation […]


The value of ISO 9001 for businesses

The value of ISO 9001 for businesses

To gain insight into the impact of ISO 9001 certification on businesses, the Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) and UNIDO jointly conducted a survey into the effectiveness of ISO 9000 quality management system certification in China. The results showed that: 43% said that the most important reason was to gain market access or to respond […]


Accreditation plays a significant role in facilitating trade, employment and GDP

Accreditation plays a significant role in facilitating trade, employment and GDP

Economic research carried out by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), a specialist consulting firm, reveals that accreditation facilitates $27.6 billion of New Zealand exports – over 56% of total exported goods. Exporters need to be known and recognised overseas as delivering high-quality, safe good and services to market. IANZ, the New Zealand […]


Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

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 […]


ISO Economic Benefits of Standards

ISO Economic Benefits of Standards

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 […]


Standards for SMEs

Standards for SMEs

This video, produced by CEN/CENELEC, shows how standards can help SMEs. The video can be viewed on YouTube.


What’s the bottom line?

What’s the bottom line?

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 […]


What ISO standards can do for you as an SME

What ISO standards can do for you as an SME

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.


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