The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE and AENOR originate from the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification, created in 1986. In 2017 activities will be divided between the two bodies, with UNE (a non-profit organisation) carrying out standardisation and certification activities. AENOR, a commercial entity, works in the field of conformity assessment and other related areas, such as training and the sale of publications.
The two organisations' work contributes to improving the quality and competitiveness of companies, their products, and services, thereby helping organisations generate one of the most sought-after values in today's economy: trust.
The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE is the organisation legally responsible for developing and disseminating technical standards in Spain. Standards indicate what a product should be like or how a service should work so that it is safe and comes up to the consumer's expectations. UNE offers one of the most comprehensive catalogues available, with more than 31,500 standards documents all containing effective solutions.
UNE offers a proven track record and knowledge of standards, as well as products and services connected with organisations from all over the world, performing major work in the field of international cooperation.
The serious and rigorous work in conformity assessment which has defined the company since it was founded has helped make AENOR's certificates the most highly-valued not just in Spain, but around the world, with the organisation having issued certificates in more than 60 countries. AENOR is among the 10 most important certification organisations in the world.
To spread the culture of quality, AENOR also develops significant publishing activity, it designs software for system management, it delivers special training and offers various information services. In the field of testing, the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE is the senior partner of CEIS (Testing, Innovation and Services Centre), an international benchmark centre whose activity includes the performance of compliance tests, technical studies, and preventive and predictive maintenance of facilities. Likewise, 2008 saw the creation of AENOR Laboratorio, aimed at those working in the food sector such as primary producers, and processing, distribution and service industries. It covers the three principals areas of analysis: physicochemical, microbiological and sensory.