Standards 'Vital' To Growing Economy

Standards are a "vital ingredient for Irish businesses" as the economy begins to show signs of growth, according to the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland).

The group made the announcement as it published its annual results for 2013.

"An export-led recovery will only thrive if Irish companies can access international markets on a level footing and if customers around the world have confidence in the quality of Irish products and services. By creating and promoting national and international standards, and providing market intelligence through our standards network, we are focused on making this happen," said Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI.

"Last year, over 1,140 businesses and individuals participated in the standardisation process. NSAI published 1,460 new standards, bringing our library to over 25,000. We believe that the benefits of participation in standards should not be underestimated by Irish businesses and we’re encouraging companies to become involved," continued Mr Buckley.

NSAI Chairman Julie O’Neill said: "We have found that Irish businesses continued to recognise the importance of correctly applying the right standards during the last difficult years and definitely see standards as an important advantage as they plan to capitalise on the emerging economic recovery. A survey during the year showed that four out of five Irish companies see the benefits of standards and are investing in them for a competitive edge. Looking forward to 2014, I am confident that we are well positioned to support Irish industry as it endeavours to capitalise on the opportunity for growth and operate at the highest standards on national and international stages."


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