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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Research by the Motor Vehicles Security Institute (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) regarding the “Contribution of driving vehicle inspection to road safety and environment” reveals that vehicle technical inspections, which must be accredited by ENAC (the Spanish Accreditation body) according to ISO 17020 as required in Royal Decree 920/2017, play a significant role in protecting […]
Mutua Madrileña, a large insurance and real-estate company, that adopted accredited certification to ISO 50001 to achieve greater resource efficiency. Since ISO 50001 implementation in March 2014, the business has reduced its environmental footprint by 21.9%, and lowered its electrical and gas consumption by 20.5% and 27.7% respectively. The total cost savings since implementation equate to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Research based on 131 Spanish companies of various sizes across the industrial, construction and service sectors, found that 79% agreed ISO 18001 certification for Occupational Health & Safety makes it easier to comply with legal obligations. Furthermore, 78% agreed it improved internal organisation and documentation systems and 67% felt it improved their corporate image. The report concludes […]
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. […]
A study based on 105 responses of Spanish ISO 20000 (IT Service Management) certified firms (Cots, Casadeus and Marimom, 2016) by applying SEM, a multivariate statistical technique that is widely used in the literature, showed that certification contributed to significant benefits such as the marketing proposition, company reputation, the ability to satisfy existing and future […]
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.
A study of 288 ISO 9001 certified Spanish companies found that 65% of companies obtained very high levels of internal and external benefits (Casadesus and Gimenez, 2000). A full copy of the report is available here.
A survey of more than 500 Spanish companies with ISO 9001 certification (Prado-Roman et al, 2016) concluded that more than 80% reported an increase in customer satisfaction and loyalty, and a reduction in complaints and product defects. A full copy of the report is available here.
Survey responses from 126 Spanish ISO 9001 certified construction companies (Prado-Roman et al, 2016) showed that: 74% agree that ISO 9001 is highly or extremely relevant for organisational process improvements 86% consider that ISO 9001 is highly or extremely relevant to achieve commercial success 74% consider that ISO 9001 is relevant for financial success 98% […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
This video, produced by CEN/CENELEC, shows how standards can help SMEs. The video can be viewed on YouTube.
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 […]
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.