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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, […]


Telecoms company improves energy performance by 21% with ISO 50001

Telecoms company improves energy performance by 21% with ISO 50001

TIM is the largest communications company in Italy and accounts for about 1% of the whole national energy consumption. Following its decision to gain accredited certification to ISO 50001, it has improved its energy performance by 21% in 12 months, leading to savings of US$961,126. The payback period for the adoption of ISO 50001 is therefore […]


Up to 28% insurance premium reduction with Health & Safety certification

Up to 28% insurance premium reduction with Health & Safety certification

Italy’s Workers’ Compensation Authority, INAIL, the national governmental institute for insurance against accidents at work, offers businesses up to 28% on the cost of insurance premiums for businesses who hold accredited certification to the Health and Safety management systems standard, OHSAS 18001. INAIL can offer lower premiums as it has seen that OHSAS 18001 has […]


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 […]


International commerce – the value of accreditation and standardization (May 2019)

International commerce – the value of accreditation and standardization (May 2019)

Research, commissioned by the Italian Accreditation Body (Accredia), shows the value that accreditation plays in supporting international trade. The development of common standards, supported by mutual recognition of accredited test results, inspection reports and certificates provide simplification and reductions in the cost of commerce, through transparent procedures, the avoidance of duplicate testing and the need […]


Italian Study identifies the benefits of accredited H&S management systems

Italian Study identifies the benefits of accredited H&S management systems

A study carried out by Accredia, the Italian Accreditation Body, INAIL, a public insurer, and AICQ, the Italian Quality Institute, has identified that companies with accredited certification of their health and safety management system (OHSAS 18001) provides businesses with a number of benefits. A total of large, medium and small 238 organisations responded to a […]


Symbola report identifies environment management systems to be a competitive accelerator

Symbola report identifies environment management systems to be a competitive accelerator

Environmental certifications can be a competitive accelerator. As reported in the “Certify to compete” report carried out in collaboration with the Symbola Foundation, an environmental certification brings benefits in budgets, better relationships with providers, consumers, the territory, society and the public administration. Analysing a panel of certified companies as respect to the same number of […]


Censis Report: ISO 9001 certified companies perform better

Censis Report: ISO 9001 certified companies perform better

The “Quality, Growth, Innovation” report conducted by Accredia, the Italian Accreditation body,  in collaboration with Censis – Social Investment Research Center – has shown that certified companies are generally characterised by: better profitability; better day-to-day management; better labour productivity. The certification of the quality management system according to the ISO 9001 standards has a high […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.  


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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