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AFNOR has coordinated development of a French standard for the evaluation of hygiene in commercial catering establishments. The tool can be used by caterers themselves or by accredited food safety inspection bodies.
A new bilateral cooperation agreement was recently signed to foster closer relations between France and China on voluntary standards. Initial steps in this project driven by evident economic benefits.
After five months' work and prior to presentation of the project scheduled for late summer 2016, the working group created to define a new French keyboard design is considering a number of options. Here's an overview.
The European Committee for standardization (CEN) launches a call for expert supporting, through practical examples use, voluntary standards on metallic industrial piping and design of unfired pressure vessels.
A simplified structure, a less prescriptive format, greater consideration of the organization’s environment through interested parties, an analysis of the organization’s context and risks: the first companies to achieve AFAQ ISO 9001:2015 certification explain the value of the recently published standard.
Offering relevant indicators and benchmarking performance against the sector are the two aims of the Indiko Environmental Performance tool. This free service can be used by all organizations, especially those certified to ISO 14001, for measuring and comparing their environmental performance.
The future ISO standard on occupational health and safety management is taking shape. The 58 countries involved, including France, recently consulted on a second version of the draft. ISO 45001 will be released in 2017, superseding OHSAS 18001.
When an enterprise participates in the development of voluntary standards and applies them, it derives a real benefit. That benefit can even be seen in its turnover. This is demonstrated in an exclusive study by BIPE (Office for economic information and forecasting) for AFNOR.
On Friday 4 March, Emmanuel Macron, Minister of the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector, celebrated the 10th birthday of France's business clusters and emphasized their role in driving standardization through their privileged support to innovative companies. Long live "soft law"!