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Our Cooperation

The main activities of the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE in the area of international cooperation range from providing technical assistance in International Cooperation projects, programmes and policies to carrying out training and qualifying, reports or studies on each of the different stages of a project.

The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE contributes its experience and information with regard to standards and related products and services to organisations all over the world, undertaking a large number of activities mostly financed by the European Union  External website, a new window will be opened., World Bank  External website, a new window will be opened., Inter-American Development Bank  External website, a new window will be opened., United Nations  External website, a new window will be opened. and other organisations that donate funds.

Since the nineties the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE has promoted cooperation activities on a national and international scale, contributing its experience and knowledge of standardisation and certification, such as market access tools, technology transfer and the improvement of the industrial fabric, supporting and strengthening the entities responsible for quality infrastructures in third countries.

In 2000, Spain appointed the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE to oversee the PHARE Twinning projects financed by the European Commission. The objective of these projects is to strengthen and support institutions in the area of quality infrastructures in countries applying for European Union membership.

The leadership and the experience gained in all the disciplines covered by our organisation and with regard to development cooperation, enable the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE to offer assistance and practical experience in different fields of activity which facilitate the building of competitive structures and economic and social development.

Our services


The services that the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE currently offers are:

  • Technical support to public and private institutions, companies and administrations on a territorial, local, national or world region scale.
  • Status analyses in areas related to the quality infrastructures and security, country reports, etc.
  • Training and qualifying in all of the organisation's areas of knowledge.
  • Institutional strengthening, development, support and promotion of the skills of public and private institutions in support of governments and economic operators.
  • Institutional support in the application and fulfillment of legal instruments.
  • Study visits and experience exchanges.
  • Laboratory training.

Areas of specialisation


Strengthening of the pre-accession strategy to the European Union and the integration of "the Acquis communautaire".

  • Harmonisation of standards and alignment of legislations.
  • Analysis of the compatibility of standards with the practices of the European Union.
  • Application of the “acquis communautaire”.
  • Creating awareness among society of European positions.
  • Human resource development and promoting cooperation with European administrations and bodies.

Government policy to adhere to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

  • Assistance in drawing up laws and standards compatible with the WTO.
  • Application of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.
  • Bringing legislations into line with the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS).
  • Management of National Information Services within the framework of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.
  • Technical support in the establishment of certified test laboratories.
  • Evaluation and improvement of compliance evaluation bodies.
  • Human resource development and promoting cooperation with European administrations and bodies.

Development of national and regional-scale quality policies.

  • Assistance in the preparation of the legislative framework for developing quality policies.
  • Creating awareness regarding quality management methods in companies.
  • Improvement of the management techniques, including quality and compliance evaluation.
  • Advice in the development of trademarks and quality certificates.
  • Development of stimuli to strengthen quality policies.


  • Strengthening the management skills of the national standardisation bodies.
  • Increased participation of stakeholders in standardisation projects.
  • Developing efficient self-financing systems in national standardisation bodies based on marketing and public relations.
  • Improving methodologies in standardisation projects and management of standards using modern electronic tools.
  • Development of marketing tools and promotional activities for selling standards and related products.
  • Development of web services (e-commerce, e-publishing).
  • Development of training services.

Certification of products and services.

  • CE Mark and official bodies.
  • Compliance evaluation procedures.
  • Exchanging experiences and providing compliance evaluation training.
  • Assistance to reach mutual recognition agreements.
  • Development of regional and international compliance evaluation outlines.

Sectors / Fields of activity

  • Quality infrastructure (standardisation, certification, metrology, accreditation, legislation, consumer protection and market surveillance)
  • Trade facilitation
  • Quality (products and services)
  • Environment
  • Tourism
  • Agro-food
  • Electrotechnical
  • Machines
  • Construction
  • Arts and crafts
  • Forest and wood products
  • Management Systems
  • Sustainability
  • Social Responsibility
  • Other

Donor institutions


Over the course of almost 20 years of cooperation work, the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE has carried out cooperation activities financed directly by our organisation but it has also developed institutional promotion projects and technical assistance projects financed by institutions and bilateral and multilateral development agencies, such as:

Likewise, the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE has carried out programmes of international co-financing via:

and cooperation actions, in Spain or in third countries, with financing from Spanish public administrations, such as:

  • Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade
  • Xunta de Galicia
  • Regional Government of Andalusia

Receiving entities of our projects


Below is a non-exhaustive list of companies for which the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE has worked in cooperation projects:

Standardisation Bodies
Country Entity
Albania Directorate General for Standardisation (DP)
Belarus State Committee for Standardisation (Gosstandard - SCS)
Bolivia Institute of Standardization and Quality (IBNORCA)
Brazil Brazilian Association of Technical Standards, (ABNT)
Bulgaria Bulgarian Institute for Standardisation (BDS)
Cuba National Standardization Office (ONN)
Slovakia Slovak Standards Institute (SUTN)
Estonia Estonian Centre for Standardisation (EVN)
Honduras Honduran Standardisation Organisation (OHN)
Mexico Directorate General of Standards (DGN)
Nicaragua Department of Technology, Standardisation and Metrology (DTNM)
Palestine Palestine Standards Institute (PSI)
Dominican Republic Directorate-General of Standards and Quality Systems (DIGENOR)
Romania Romanian Standards Association (ASRO)
Turkey Turkish Standardization Institute (TSE)
Vietnam Directory of Standards, Metrology and Quality
Accreditation bodies
Country Entity
Croatia Croatian Accreditation Agency (HAA)
Macedonia Institute for Accreditation of the Republic of Macedonia (IARM)
Ukraine National Accreditation Agency
Administrations / Governments
Country Entity
Algeria Ministry of Industry
Bangladesh Ministry of Trade
Bulgaria Ministry of the Economy
Bulgaria Ministry of the Economy
Slovenia Ministry of the Economy
Guatemala Ministry of the Economy
Lithuania Ministry of the Economy
Mexico Ministry of the Economy
Nicaragua Ministry of Farming and Forestry
Syria Ministry of Industry
Technological Institutes and Innovation Agencies
Country Entity
Argentina National Institute of Industrial Technology
Panama National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT)
Uruguay Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU)
Market Surveillance and Consumer Protection Companies
Country Entity
Albania Market Surveillance Directory, Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Energy
Mexico Federal Office of Consumer Protection (PROFECO)
Romania National Authority for Consumer Protection (ANPC)
Agencies for surveillance of agricultural and/or fish products
Country Entity
Argentina National Health and Food Quality Service, SENASA
Chile National Fishing Service
El Salvador Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
Honduras National Agricultural Health Service, SEG/SENASA
Mexico Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk
Panama National Directorate for Fishery Products
Regional integration organisations
  Secretariat of Economic Integration of Central America, SIECA
Support agencies for promoting exports
Country Entity
Bolivia National Chamber of Exporters of Bolivia, CANEB
Bolivia Chamber of Exporters of Cochabamba, CADEXCO
Ecuador Exporters Corporation of Ecuador, COPEI
Mexico EU-Mexico Business Development Centre, CEMUE
Country Entity
Syria Central Laboratory of the Ministry of Economy and Trade


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