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  • New study reveals the number of Irish organisations using standards has increased by almost 20 percent over the past three years. 
  • Almost half of all organisations who use standards report a 20 percent increase in turnover 
  • It comes as 24 organisations gathered at NSAI offices in Dublin today for a special ceremony marking their achievement in becoming certified to world class standards.

View the NSAI Certificate Presentation in pictures

Pictured Mr Pedro Alves, Managing Director of IQNet [front row, centre seat] who attended the ceremony & presented the certificates

Irish organisations that use standards have reported an average 20 per cent increase in turnover according to a new Behaviour and Attitudes study carried out on behalf of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). The research found that almost 50 per cent of the 250 firms surveyed have reported an increase in turnover as a result of using standards.
The research also found that 88 per cent of Irish firms are now using standards within their organisation. This compares with 69 per cent of firms that said they used standards when a similar study was conducted in 2012.

87 per cent of those certified said they believe independently certified standards offer businesses a competitive edge, while 93 per cent of certified firms said they believe their company has benefitted from the use of standards. 

The research comes as 24 organisations from the private, public and SME sectors gathered at NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) offices in Dublin today for a special ceremony marking their achievement in becoming certified to world class standards. 

All of the organisations who achieved certification were independently audited by NSAI inspectors in order to ensure they complied with the standards.  They join an elite group of over 3,000 organisations who are currently NSAI certified in a variety of areas such as Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Management Systems, Quality Management Systems and the Human Resource framework, Excellence Through People.


Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Dublin this morning, NSAI CEO Maurice Buckley highlighted the real business value of investing in standards. 

“The challenges faced by Irish businesses today are very different from a few decades ago. Technology is driving increased expectations from customers and businesses. More and more tender requirements seek certification to internationally recognised standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Certification to these standards can also be a deal breaker when it comes to securing export opportunities,” Mr. Buckley said.

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 on All standards are also available from 

Pictured L-R are representatives from DAA Security, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists; Ecocem Ireland Ltd; Activ8 Energies & Science Foundation Ireland

Full list of companies certified at today’s NSAI certification ceremony

  1. A.R.I. Services Europe Ltd. Raheen, Co. Limerick 
  2. Activ8 Energies, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
  3. Azorom, Dublin 
  4. Bausch and Lomb Vision Care, Cork Road, Waterford 
  5. Castolin Eutectic Ireland Ltd, Citywest, Dublin 
  6. Clancy Construction, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
  7. Clifton Scannell Emerson Associates, Stillorgan, Dublin 
  8. DAA Security, Dublin 
  9. David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd, Castledermot, Co. Kildare
  10. Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists, St Margaret's Rd, Dublin 11
  11. Ecocem Ireland Ltd,  F1 East Point Business Park, Dublin
  12. Environmental and Process Automation Ltd, Leixlip Co.  Kildare 
  13. G4S Secure Solutions (Ireland) Ltd, Stillorgan, Dublin
  14. John G. Burns Ltd, Blanchardstown, Dublin
  15. Kelly RAC, Ennis, Co. Clare
  16. Lagan Cement, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath
  17. Phoenix Mechanical Ltd, Park West, Dublin 12
  18. Redlough Landscapes Ltd, Belgree, Dublin 15
  19. Science Foundation Ireland, Wilton Place, Dublin 2
  20. Sigma Aldrich, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  21. Star Technology Solutions, East Wall Road, Dublin 
  22. The Pallet Network Ireland Ltd, Finisklin Ind Est, Sligo 
  23. International Express Cargo Ltd, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  24. Tipperary County Council – Environmental, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
  25. Tipperary County Council – Planning, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

The standards awarded to companies today include:

  • ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Systems
  • OHSAS 18001 - Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
  • ETP - Excellence Through People
  • ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 50001 – Energy Management Systems
  • I.S. EN 15038:2006 – Translation standard for language service industries