Madrid, 18 November 2021 - The Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, and the Spanish Metrology Centre (CEM) has renewed its cooperation agreement to promote quality infrastructure in Spain in the areas of metrology and standardisation, as well as to collaborate in other areas such as training, dissemination and international cooperation. The agreement has been endorsed by the Director of CEM, José Ángel Robles and UNE's CEO, Javier García.
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 the 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.
The UNE is the entity legally responsible for developing technical standards in Spain. Standards reflect the market consensus on best practices in key aspects for the competitiveness of organisations, and are the result of joint collaboration between economic sectors and government Agencies. Over 12,000 experts are involved in drafting standards in the 226 Technical Standardisation Committees that work for the UNE. UNE is Spain's representative in the international (ISO and IEC) and European (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) standardisation bodies, as well as in COPANT (America). it is also the Spanish standardisation body in ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). UNE also works intensively in the area of International Cooperation.