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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.