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Calibration lab saves 120 supplier audit days per year

Calibration lab saves 120 supplier audit days per year

Fluke Calibration is one of the world’s leaders in precision calibration instruments, equipment, service and software for measuring electrical activity, radio frequency, temperature, humidity, pressure and flow.  Its instruments are used in calibration laboratories and process measurement instrument shops across the globe, including nearly every National Metrology Institute. With offices and customers on every continent, […]


Brazilian Pharma reduces energy use by 30%

Brazilian Pharma reduces energy use by 30%

Baxter Healthcare employs over 1,200 employees across four sites in Brazil. The company manufactures blood transfusion dialysers, solutions for peritoneal dialysis, accessories for the administration of drugs and for drainage in peritoneal dialysis, and solutions or diluting and packaging medicines for pharmaceutical and veterinary companies. The company has a culture of sustainability, and the implementation […]


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 […]


World Bank Group Infographic

World Bank Group Infographic

This short infographic provides data and examples to demonstrate the impact of the National Quality Infrastructure in terms of Enhanced Competitiveness Reduced Testing & Certification Burden Expanded and Open Markets Increased Innovation & Technology Diffusion Improved Efficiency Increased Productivity Gains Safety, Health, Environmental Application A more detailed description of how the QI enhances competition is […]


Research finds link between standards and fatal accident prevention

Research finds link between standards and fatal accident prevention

A study carried out by ISO’s Technical Committees to identify whether standards play a role in preventing accidental fatalities, revealed that country-level participation in the ISO’s technical committees – the group of experts that develops standards – showed that a 1 per cent increase in technical committee participation was associated with a 0.19% decrease in […]


Environmental performance positive relationship with the operational performance for organisations with ISO 9001 (2015)

Environmental performance positive relationship with the operational performance for organisations with ISO 9001 (2015)

With the objective of testing the positive relationship between environmental performance and operational performance, this research presents the data of a survey conducted with 75 ISO 9001-certified Brazilian companies. The papers results show a company with an ISO 9001 system, implementing environmental practices may be more favourable than firms without ISO 9001 system. This research […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.  


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 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.  


Ensuring Quality to Gain Access to Global Markets : A Reform Toolkit (the World Bank)

Ensuring Quality to Gain Access to Global Markets : A Reform Toolkit (the World Bank)

In a world with rapidly growing international trade, countries compete less on the availability of natural resources, geographical advantages, and lower labour costs and more on factors related to a firm’s ability to enter and compete in new markets. One such factor is the ability to demonstrate the quality and safety of goods and services […]


The Missing Links In The Chains? Mutual Distributed Ledger (aka blockchain) Standards

The Missing Links In The Chains? Mutual Distributed Ledger (aka blockchain) Standards

Mutual distributed ledger (MDL, aka blockchain) technology has the potential to bring new opportunities and efficiencies to the financial industry. As with any new technology, MDLs expose organisations to new risks. Regulators have responsibility for protecting consumers and overseeing the integrity of markets. Regulators respond to risks in two main ways: through the development of […]


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

Inter-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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