17 September 2019. The Spanish Metrology Centre (CEM) and the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, A cooperation agreement has been signed to promote the quality infrastructure in Spain in the fields of metrology and standardization, as well as to work together in other areas such as training, dissemination and international cooperation. The agreement has been endorsed by the CEM Chairman, Raül Blanco, and the UNE Chairman, Carlos Esteban.
CEM and UNE together with ENAC (the National Accreditation Body) are the strategic partners that constitute the three main pillars of quality infrastructure in Spain. The joint work of these organisations benefits the competitiveness and efficiency of our business sectors enormously, as well as our socio-economic fabric in general.
Under the agreement, the CEM will participate actively in the UNE Technical Standardization Committee CTN 82 on metrology and calibration, taking over its chair and carrying out the duties of the secretariat. The UNE will also provide the CEM with the necessary support for the optimum performance of its functions.
In addition, the two bodies will cooperate on training and the promotion and dissemination of standardization at conferences and events, as well as in international cooperation projects.
The CEM is an autonomous agency attached to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism through the General Secretariat for Industry and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. The CEM's role is to promote and develop the National Metrological System and good practice among all those involved, ensuring excellence in national standards and reference materials and their adaptation to the state of science and technology, fostering the training of metrology specialists and guaranteeing the correct use of measurement systems and the International System of Units in society as a whole.
UNE is the Spanish Standardization Organization and the national representative in European and international standardization organizations. Through the development of technical standards, UNE contributes to improving the quality and competitiveness of companies and their products and services. Standards reflect the market consensus on best practices in key aspects for the competitiveness of organisations.