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Laya Healthcare was one of 40 private and public sector organisations receiving awards today from the Minister of State for Small Business, Mr John Perry T.D. The leading healthcare provider joined the likes of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Electric Ireland, National Learning Network and Danone Baby Nutrition in achieving world class levels of excellence under a range of headings including Environmental Management, Quality Management, Food Safety Systems and Excellence Through People, which is the most recent addition to NSAI’s impressive certification schemes.

The Minister joined Maurice Buckley, Chief Executive of NSAI to present the awards and to recognise the importance of standards in the current economy.

“Standards affect every aspect of our day-to-day lives and are vital in the current economic climate. Implementing them in business enables companies to improve their efficiency and competitiveness, minimise waste and reduce costs. There is a return on investment – certification to standards help to create a level playing field, allowing SMEs to compete with much larger companies, attract new customers, and access global markets,”said the Minister of State for Small Business, Mr John Perry T.D.

Other companies present at the event included Corrib Food Products and Limerick County Council, who were both certified to Food Safety Systems Certification, based on the international standard ISO 22000. This standard will assist in offering Irish food and drink manufacturers greater scope to access international markets.

Speaking at the presentations, Maurice Buckley, NSAI Chief Executive highlighted the real business value of adopting standards:

“The decision to embrace and implement standards is a brave and commendable one, particularly for SMEs in a time when resources are tight. However, the commitment made by SMEs to standards has the potential to contribute to the wider economy. The companies present today are leading companies from various industries and sectors, and they would not be spending time and resources on achieving these standards unless they knew they had real value in the market. We are seeing a growing trend of European and international customers who expect such certified standards as entry level for doing business with them.”

The standards awarded were:

  • Environmental Management Systems - ISO 14001
  • Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems - OHSAS 18001
  • Quality Management - ISO 9001
  • Excellence Through People - ETP 1000
  • Energy Management - ISO 50001
  • Food Management Systems - ISO 22000
In 2012, NSAI published more than 1,600 standards and sold over 12,000 publications across a broad range of sectors, bringing their library to in excess of 23,000. NSAI invites members of the business community and the general public to get involved in the development of standards by visiting Your Standards, Your Say

The full list of companies certified at the NSAI event:

  • 2RN
  • AMCS Ltd
  • Asgard Cleanroom Solutions Ltd
  • Butler Manufacturing Services
  • Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uibh Rathaigh
  • Concentrate Manufacturing Company [PepsiCo Ireland]
  • Corrib Food Products
  • Cronin & Sutton Consulting
  • Danone Baby Nutrition
  • David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd
  • Egis Projects Ireland
  • Electric Ireland
  • ESB Business Service Centre
  • Espion Ltd
  • Ferfics Ltd
  • Gem Plastics
  • Irish Sea Contractors
  • John Craddock Ltd
  • Kefron Ltd
  • King Environmental Services
  • Limerick County Council
  • MAPS Ltd
  • Marine Institute / Foras na Mara
  • Matthews Coach Hire
  • McKesson Ltd
  • Medifill Ltd
  • Munster & Leinster Cleaning Services Ltd
  • National Learning Network
  • Nutricia Infant Nutrition Ltd
  • OES Consulting
  • Office of the Revenue Commissioners
  • Point of Care Health Services
  • ProVac Ltd
  • Provincial Security Services Ltd
  • Servier (Ireland) Industries Ltd
  • STT Risk Management Ltd
  • Salus Training Services
  • Triangle Computer Services
  • Wilker Auto Conversions Ltd
  • Zeus Packaging Ltd


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Peter O’Reilly, NSAI
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