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Benefits for SMEs

Benefits for SMEs

Benefits of standardisation for SMEs


Participation in the creation of standards is very accessible for SMEs. They can take part in the standardisation process at nationa, European or international level. Standardisation enables SMEs to increase their productivity and reach broader markets.

The Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, offers solutions focused on increasing SMEs' knowledge and understanding of standardisation, inviting them to make themselves heard in the standardisation process.​

​​​Online course "standards for SMEs", developed by CEN and CENELEC​​​

course pyme.pngDesigned for SMEs to provide them with an increased understanding of the following topics: ​​​

  • Why do I have to use standards? 
  • How can I find and apply standards?
  • What are the benefits of participating in standardisation?

Success stories

Apoyo al azafrán españolsaffron flower and a pot of saffron threads


Sandra Sirera
Quality and R&D manager
Verdú Cantó Saffron Spain
Electronics for the automotive industry 


Carles Guilera
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Standardisation and SMEs
​​​​Around 65% of the companies in technical agencies are SMEs. These are companies that have the potential to benefit the most from being involved in creating standards.​

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Standards for retailers

UNE 175001-1 sets out quality requirements for sales, and additional and ancillary services in commercial establishments considered to be small retailers. The goal is to enable these to meet customer expectations, regardless of the nature of the marketed products.

Further information

Small business: stationery store
​At the beginning of the school year there is a great deal of educational material to purchase. Books, notebooks and pens have UNE standards that facilitate the production and use of all these products. Even small retail establishments such as stationer's have their own benchmark standard.


More SMEs in standardisation
​SMEs are the driving force behind the creation of jobs in Spain, as they represent nearly 90% of private employment and 60% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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