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  • Recent Case Study

    Accreditation and certifications. Economic value and social benefits

    This 2020 study, conducted by Accredia (the Italian accreditation body) in collaboration with Prometeia, shows the economic and social value of quality infrastructure in Italy. Along with encouraging awareness about the benefits of conformity assessment, it seeks to engender understanding about how the diffusion of conformity assessment instruments can be an opportunity for national growth.

    The study examines the value of conformity assessment from various points of view: the characteristics of operators in the testing, inspection and certification (TIC) sector and its market size are defined, the benefits of TIC activities to the economic system are examined and quantified, and the social benefits of TIC activities are assessed in monetary terms. The study demonstrates a significant economic impact – between 2013 and 2018, the contribution of quality infrastructure to the Italian economy was calculated at 10.8 billion euros – as well as reduced social costs in the form of lower greenhouse gas emissions, fewer injuries and a lower rate of foodborne diseases.

    Download the executive summary here.

    Download the full study here.


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  • Recent Case Study

    The Valencian Community requires accreditation for its urban control material (ECUV) collaborative bodies

    The Valencian Community’s Ministry of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility has recently published Decree 62/2020, which regulates the actions of the Municipal Administration’s collaborating bodies for inspecting urban actions (ECUV) that will be responsible for carrying out compliance inspection and control actions with the municipal regulations of projects and execution of works, installations and activities.

    In order to perform their functions, the ECUVs must be accredited by ENAC as a type A inspection body in accordance with UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17020 standard and be registered in the Registry of urban planning inspection and control collaborating bodies (RECUV).

    At this time, there are no accredited bodies to offer such service. For further information, please contact Marta González, from ENAC’s Inspection and Control Bodies department.

    Further information is available on the ENAC website.


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  • Recent Case Study

    New accreditation scheme for certifying DGT courses for safe driving on motorcycles and mopeds

    Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) and ENAC have developed the accreditation scheme for certifying safe driving courses on motorcycles and mopeds, based on the international UNE EN-ISO/IEC 17065 standard. This scheme, which is part of the 2011-2020 Road Safety Strategy, has as one of its main objectives to achieve safer habits in these drivers as they are one of the most vulnerable groups with the highest rate of accidents.

    In this regard, the DGT considers that it is essential to improve the training of these drivers, promoting, for this purpose, safe driving courses on motorcycles and mopeds, with the aim of raising awareness of the risks associated with driving these vehicles, as well as preparing them to adopt good driving practices, through advanced and voluntary training.

    If you would like to learn more about the new accreditation scheme or have any questions about the accreditation process, please contact Daniel Román.

    Further information is available on the ENAC website.


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  • Latest research

    World Bank Group Infographic and data

    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 available at https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/competitiveness/brief/qi


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  • Recent Case Study

    Valencia requires emissions control accreditation for activities that potentially pollute the atmosphere

    The Autonomous Region of Valencia’s Department of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development has recently published the Decree 228/2018, which sets out procedures and atmospheric emission control system regulations for activities considered to potentially pollute the atmosphere.

    This Decree establishes that facilities with potentially polluting activities must present, to the competent authority granting the emissions authorisation, a certificate showing they have adapted to the current area of atmosphere protection regulations and to the conditions set out in the authorization. This certificate must be issued by a Collaborating Body in the Valencian Community Environmental Quality Area (ECMCA) accredited by ENAC in the atmospheric pollution field.

    For any questions about the accreditation of activities referred to in this decree, contact Francisco Javier Ordeig, of ENAC’s Department of Environment, via email: fjordeig@enac.es


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  • Recent Case Study

    First accredited laboratory to assess ICT product safety

    JTSEC has become the first ENAC-accredited laboratory to assess Information and Communications Technology (ICT) product safety according to LINCE methodology, the National Essential Security Certification scheme developed by the National Cryptologic Centre (CCN), which aims to provide more guarantees for cybersecurity certification in Spain.

    The LINCE certification and assessment methodology enables assessment of an ICT product’s capability to treat information securely. In addition, this certification is one way for these products to be included in the ICT Security Product Catalogue (CPSTIC), which regulates IT product acquisition in the Spanish administration. With LINCE, products will be recognized as suitable for systems whose security criticality is medium or low according the National Security Scheme (Esquema Nacional de Seguridad, ENS) classification.

    This activity’s accreditation also provides an added guarantee that a product has been assessed by a technically competent certification authority, giving the customer an additional level of confidence.

    LINCE, an adapted methodology

    The LINCE methodology, based on the principles of Common Criteria (the internationally recognised standard to assess security functions and an IT product’s level of trust), was created by CCN for products requiring a medium or low-level security. LINCE aims to pay attention to the critical aspects of each product and give more importance to specific and practical tests in order to fight real threats to dense documentation or comprehensive functionality testing that require Common Criteria for high-category products, helping to therefore reduce the assessment process’ time and effort as well as the manufacturers costs.


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  • Recent Case Study

    First formaldehyde emissions accreditations allowing timber products into the US market

    The Metallurgy, Furniture, Wood, Packaging and Polishing Technology Institute, AIDIMME, and the FCBA technology Institute have obtained ENAC’s accreditation for firstly testing and certification, and secondly for certification of low emission formaldehyde wood by-products, therefore complying with the U.S. (TSCA) Toxic Substances Control Act.

    This regulation was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce air toxicity by reducing wood by-product’s formaldehyde emissions such as particle board, medium density fibre boards and plywood boards manufactured or sold throughout the country.

    U.S. law limits the amount of formaldehyde released by these products. It also recognises bodies to test and certify the emissions limit compliance, by requiring certification bodies and testing laboratories to be accredited by an agency recognized by the EPA. ENAC is one of the accreditation bodies recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency so that ENAC-accredited bodies and the reports and certificates issued by them are valid to the TSCA.


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  • Recent Case Study

    The KENAS H&S Team publish a paper on ISO 15189 implementation in Kenya

    During the 25th Annual Scientific and Exhibition Conference for the Association of Kenya Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers (AKMLSO), the KENAS Health and Safety team published a paper titled: Comparison of Measurement Uncertainty Values across Clinical Chemistry Laboratories in Kenya.

    Robert Njuguna, Case Officer, Health and Safety at KENAS and James Sakwa of MMUST did research on 10 laboratories that were implementing ISO 15189:2012 in Kenya. KENAS accredits medical laboratories to this Standard. In the research, they reviewed the laboratories’ measurement of uncertainty data. These labs were selected on the basis of accuracy and completeness of their data. The tests included were salt, potassium, glucose, cholesterol, calcium, total protein, urea, bilirubin, albumin, and creatinine.

    The background of the research touches on laboratory results being expressed as single value when in actual sense represent a dispersion of values attributed to the measurement as a result of inherent random variation in the test method. Measurement uncertainty characterizes the dispersion of values therefore true value of measurement is unknown at the time of releasing results.


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  • Recent Supporting Material

    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 specific regulations or by encouraging the establishment of voluntary standards markets. This report, published by PwC, sets out how standards and accredited conformity assessment could play a role.

    A full copy of the report is available here.

     


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  • Recent Supporting Material

    Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals with ISO standards

    Regulators can rely on ISO standards as a solid base on which to create public policy that helps further SDG goals such as human rights, water and energy efficiency, public health, and more. Recognized the world over, International Standards also help governments achieve their national and international commitments. Read more.


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