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ISO/IEC 17020

Accreditation helps LLC “Business Trend” to grow its work programme by 12.7%

Accreditation helps LLC “Business Trend” to grow its work programme by 12.7%

LLC “Business Trend” is a Russian market leading company in inspection services and is a crucial part of all large-scale fuel and energy complex projects in Russia, as well as international projects such as Nord Stream, Nord Stream 2, Turkish Stream, South Stream and the “Power of Siberia”. LLC “Business Trend” became the first Russian […]


Insurer provides lower premium to accredited organisations

Insurer provides lower premium to accredited organisations

In the UK, Howden, an independent Lloyd’s broker, created a professional indemnity scheme for clients operating under accreditation, which helped it gain a full understanding of the client’s risk profile and so obtain more accurate pricing for the cover required. This scheme also provides insurers with access to new, potentially profitable, lines of revenue. Those with less long-tail exposure tend to be more […]


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 […]


Accredited Waste Management Scheme generates £17m saving

Accredited Waste Management Scheme generates £17m saving

Green Compass, a waste management scheme, has improved the waste management service and reduced Wales’ dependence on landfill. Both help meet the ambition of Environment Strategy, One Wales: One Planet for no additional landfill by 2026. Eighty waste management companies have been accredited, verifying the diversion of 2,081,566 tonnes of waste. Since 2009, Green Compass firms […]


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 […]


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 […]


Directory of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies in West Africa (August 2017)

Directory of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies in West Africa (August 2017)

In order to improve trade prospects and the quality of products and services in West Africa, this directory provides a list of accredited testing laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies in the region (as of August 2017). The directory was sponsored by UNIDO to ensure that public and private organisations are aware and have access […]


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