Expanding market opportunities

The use of standards and accredited conformity assessment are increasingly being required in the supply chain and are appearing in a growing number of tender documents. They provide purchasers with confidence that products are safe, reliable and meet specification. As a result, they provide access to new markets and opportunities.

Standards and accredited conformity assessment operate to international standards and mutual recognition accreditation agreements. They therefore facilitate trade through the removal of technical barriers to trade and the reduction in potential transactional costs. These case studies, research papers and supporting material show how businesses are taking advantage of new market opportunities.

UK Tax Authority (HRMC) recognises ISO 9001 as criteria to be Authorised Economic Operator

UK Tax Authority (HRMC) recognises ISO 9001 as criteria to be Authorised Economic Operator

An AEO is an economic operator who, by satisfying certain criteria, is considered to be reliable in their customs related operations throughout the European Union (EU). Depending on the type of AEO authorisation applied for and granted, these can include either easier access to certain customs simplifications, special procedures, deferment guarantee reductions/waivers or certain facilitations […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Correlation between the number of accredited laboratories and domestic GDP (January 2017)

The Correlation between the number of accredited laboratories and domestic GDP (January 2017)

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 […]


Purchasers in Asia consider ISO 9001 certified suppliers to perform better

Purchasers in Asia consider ISO 9001 certified suppliers to perform better

A survey covering quality management system development, certification, accreditation and economic benefits, using a variety of research tools to judge the awareness and use of accredited certification to ISO 9001 by purchasing organizations. Research included a survey of purchasing organizations (the present and potential customers of ISO 9001 certified suppliers); interviews with some of these; survey of […]


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 […]


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 […]


Positive impact of integrated management system certification for Portuguese SME’s

Positive impact of integrated management system certification for Portuguese SME’s

Research based on SMEs across a variety of sectors in Portugal highlights the benefits of ISO 9001 (QMS), ISO 14001 (EMS) & ISO 18001 (OHSAS) certification around increased company reputation and integration in the community, environmental protection and efficiency savings, meeting legislation requirements and improved working conditions. The key element of this research was to explore […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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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