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.

The Footwear Technology Center of La Rioja (CTCR) increase it’s turnover by 50% with ENAC Accreditation

The Footwear Technology Center of La Rioja (CTCR) increase it’s turnover by 50% with ENAC Accreditation

Established in 2007, the Footwear Technology Center of La Rioja (CTCR), has strengthened its position after achieving accreditation with ENAC (1299/LE2460) for IS0/IEC 17025 standard, as well as being recognised as a Notified Body in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/425. A year after achieving accreditation, CTCR had focused efforts on their physical laboratories in […]


Laboratorio Tello increases its business by 50% thanks to ENAC accreditation (2018)

Laboratorio Tello increases its business by 50% thanks to ENAC accreditation (2018)

In 2012, Laboratorio Tello extended its ENAC accreditation in a number of areas directly related to the ‘olive oils analysis and its derivatives’. Following the accreditation of these new areas Laboratorio Tello clients have increased by almost 50%. In 2015, Laboratorio Tello further extended its scope to include ‘organoleptic assessment (i.e. smell and flavour) of […]


Testing regime enables 17.3% YOY export growth in Chinese traditional medicines

Testing regime enables 17.3% YOY export growth in Chinese traditional medicines

In 2004, the Singapore Government introduced the requirement that the testing of traditional Chinese medicines must be carried out by an accredited laboratory before products can be placed on the market or exported. Before the introduction of this testing regime, the annual sales of Chinese traditional patent medicine in Singapore was about SGD 200 million, with […]


Gerfor achieves savings of over 5 million dollars annually, with the use of 200 technical standards and management systems

Gerfor achieves savings of over 5 million dollars annually, with the use of 200 technical standards and management systems

Gerfor is a Columbian multinational company serving the plastics and synthetic fibres sector of the petrochemical industry. It is one of the leading South American companies in the production and commercialisation of PVC and CPVC piping’s and fittings for the construction and sewerage industries including tiles, covers, faucets, and solvent cement. On a daily basis, […]


Accreditation helps LLC “Business Trend” to grow its work programme by 12.7%

Accreditation helps LLC “Business Trend” to grow its work programme by 12.7%

LLC “Business Trend” is a Russian market leading company in inspection services and is a crucial part of all large-scale fuel and energy complex projects in Russia, as well as international projects such as Nord Stream, Nord Stream 2, Turkish Stream, South Stream and the “Power of Siberia”. LLC “Business Trend” became the first Russian […]


Accreditation helps the Botswana National Dosimetry Laboratory to grow

Accreditation helps the Botswana National Dosimetry Laboratory to grow

The control of occupational radiation exposure through the provision of Dosimetry services is an integral part of one of the three main principles on which protection against ionizing radiation is based – the principle of optimization of radiological protection.  The premise of optimization is that all reasonable efforts are made to reduce doses due to […]


Accreditation enables TPK – ZAVOD d.d. to expand into Europe

Accreditation enables TPK – ZAVOD d.d. to expand into Europe

  TPK–ZAVOD, a Croatian mechanical engineering company employing 43 staff, is has invested significantly to improve its competence levels and quality performance. TPK has gained accreditation to the following accreditation standards: ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 17024; as well as accredited certification to ISO 9001, 14001, 29001, and SCCP and OHSAS 18001 […]


Ellco Etikett gains accredited certification due to lost tender

Ellco Etikett gains accredited certification due to lost tender

Ellco Etikett, a Norwegian producer of labels, gained accredited certification to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 on the back of losing a long standing customer that now required accredited certification from its suppliers. This lack of eligibility to tender triggered the company to seek accredited certification for both its quality and environmental management systems, which […]


Indian electricians benefit from accredited personnel certification

Indian electricians benefit from accredited personnel certification

The Amman Skills Programming Society, a certification body accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) in India, certifies Electricians to ISO/IEC 17024 to carry out work as Electricians and Electrical Supervisors. Individuals who are awarded certification have seen benefits including salary rises, and successful placements overseas in areas such as the […]


OEM parts supplier aims to increase revenue by US$200k with ISO 9001

OEM parts supplier aims to increase revenue by US$200k with ISO 9001

Shogyo International, an OEM supplier of electronic parts experienced, has gained a positive impact from its certification to ISO 9001. The company, which is based in Syosset, NY, looked to adopt ISO 9001 certification due to many of their customers requesting the company be ISO 9001 certified to even bid on projects. In the short […]


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 […]


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 […]


European Metrology Research Programmes boost sales of 1,627 million Euro

European Metrology Research Programmes boost sales of 1,627 million Euro

Metrology research ensures the international measurement systems are fit for the future, as well as supporting the introduction of innovative products and services through the accurate validation of new technologies. In providing accurate and traceable measurement, that is both reliable and robust, metrology research also underpins trade. Projects have brought together world-class measurement expertise that […]


Standards influence economic growth (2018)

Standards influence economic growth (2018)

According to the EU Commission, standards are associated with 5-35% of GDP growth across European economies. This report studied the impact of voluntary consensus standards on economic growth in the five Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.  Given the average growth in stock of standards in the Nordic countries of 6.8 percent during […]


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 […]


Quality results for Greek businesses following ISO 9001 certification (2015)

Quality results for Greek businesses following ISO 9001 certification (2015)

Quality has been identified as one of the competitive strategies for improving business performance in the global market. It is therefore a very important part of the contemporary company in terms of organisational management. The purpose of this paper is to examine the benefits of ISO 9001 certification and the association between them, the level […]


ISO 9001 Accredited companies show better organisational performance than non-accredited (2015)

ISO 9001 Accredited companies show better organisational performance than non-accredited (2015)

The purpose of this paper is firstly to investigate if ISO 9001 certified companies in Iran perform better than non-certified ISO 9001. Second, what is the main motivation of the manufacturing obtaining ISO 9001 certification, i.e., internal or external motivations. And finally, if ISO 9001 certified companies with high scores of internal motivations, show better […]


Excellence from ISO 9001 certified organisations in Cyprus (2007)

Excellence from ISO 9001 certified organisations in Cyprus (2007)

This report identifies ISO 9001’s contribution to the five enablers of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) excellence model (leadership, policy & strategy, partnerships & resources, human resources and management of processes). Research was conducted in Cypriot ISO 9001 certified organisations to evaluate the motives that lead them to certification, the difficulties they faced […]


ISO 14001 delivers positive results (Australia 2012)

ISO 14001 delivers positive results (Australia 2012)

The study shows that external and internal motives have different effects on different aspects of benefits resulting from ISO 14001 adoption. Results of this study shed light on how the triple bottom line performance outcomes are inter-related with each other, illustrating the chain reaction or path through which firms can realise multiple aspects of benefits […]


Investment in ISO/IEC 17020 and its impact in Latin America (August 2018)

Investment in ISO/IEC 17020 and its impact in Latin America (August 2018)

Sector & Segment, a research agency, tracks investments in quality standards by monitoring expenditure by companies on technical accreditations. In this report, they examined investment trends in ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation across Latin America, to evaluate policies enforcing quality and their impact on different industries and sectors. Investments in ISO 17020 inspection accreditations have grown significantly […]


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 […]


The Economic Value of Accreditation in Australia (April 2018)

The Economic Value of Accreditation in Australia (April 2018)

The National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) is Australia’s national authority for the accreditation of laboratories and producers of reference materials, and a peak body for the accreditation of inspection bodies and proficiency testing scheme providers. It commissioned the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to conduct research to evaluate the economic value of accreditation […]


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 […]


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 […]


Guide for the Use of Standards and Accreditation in public procurement

Guide for the Use of Standards and Accreditation in public procurement

The Spanish Public Sector Contract Law 9/2017, which came into force in March 2018, aims to provide greater transparency, better value for money, and increased economic rationality of public funds. It considers that public purchase processes should include qualitative, environmental, social and innovative aspects which aim to “award criteria to obtain the highest quality works, […]


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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