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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 […]


Accredited testing of power cables supports reduction of transmission loss

Accredited testing of power cables supports reduction of transmission loss

Power grids lose nearly 8%, in transmission and distribution, of the power produced at the point of generation. Transmission losses in the UK equate to £1.1 bn annually and could account for as much as 7 425 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. A project to create a practical transmission cable using capacitative transfer is currently […]


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 […]


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 […]


Producer of car parts saves US$333,000 with ISO 50001

Producer of car parts saves US$333,000 with ISO 50001

Johnson Matthey, a British company established in 1817, is a global manufacturer of automotive components, specifically autocatalysts. In response to the increase in energy costs, JMSA Germiston signed up with the IEE Project in 2012 as a candidate plant for the implementation of an ISO 50001-based energy management system. As part of the implementation of […]


Businesses earn reduced environmental levies recognition through accredited certification of ISO 14001

Businesses earn reduced environmental levies recognition through accredited certification of ISO 14001

The UK Environment Agency recognises the value of accredited certification to ISO 14001 in providing an indication of a business’ commitment to meeting its environmental obligations. Businesses with accredited certification to ISO 14001 receive credit under the Integrated Pollution and Prevention and Control legislation resulting in reduced environmental levies for businesses and reduced inspection requirements […]


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 […]


Accreditation reduces the need for regulatory audits and the associated costs

Accreditation reduces the need for regulatory audits and the associated costs

Accreditation of laboratories under the Drinking Water Testing Standard Scheme (DWTS) significantly reduces the burden of Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) audits, as the need for the Regulator to routinely audit or inspect the laboratory is removed. Conversely, if a laboratory chooses not to adopt DWTS, they will be subject to risk-based vertical audits, including audits […]


Innovation Dynamics and the Role of Quality Infrastructure (2012)

Innovation Dynamics and the Role of Quality Infrastructure (2012)

This report shows how the role of the infrastructure – standards, measurement, accreditation, design and intellectual property – can be integrated into a quantitative model of the innovation system and used to help explain levels and changes in labour productivity and growth in turnover and employment. The infrastructure is a key resource for the effective […]


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 […]


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 […]


Standards needed to increase customer satisfaction and product comparability in Insurance Industry

Standards needed to increase customer satisfaction and product comparability in Insurance Industry

This report provides an overview of the opportunities for standards development in the insurance industry (particularly wholesale insurance) that emerged throughout this study, based on interactions with industry professionals and associations during workshops, informal discussions, and responses to an online questionnaire. The research showed that voluntary standards market approaches would be particularly suitable around product […]


Standards play a role in rebuilding a safer and more trusted financial services sector

Standards play a role in rebuilding a safer and more trusted financial services sector

This report is the outcome of a research project conducted between June and November 2013 which explored how voluntary standards markets might be applied to financial services regulation and sought to provide independent verification of their potential in the financial services sector. The central finding of this report is that voluntary standards could play a […]


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 […]


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 […]


Third party accredited certification support product safety

Third party accredited certification support product safety

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. […]


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.  


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 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 […]


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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