NSAI Annual Report highlights latest developments in standards for businesses
  • NSAI Annual Report 2017 reveals 1,490 standards for businesses, communities and individuals were published last year, bringing the Irish standards catalogue to 23,000
  • Report also shows 270 petrol pumps and 30 taximeters failed initial inspections last year, while a Donegal fish processor was prosecuted for tampering with weighing scales


Irish experts are leading the way in creating global standards, working to develop some of the 1,490 carefully-designed guidelines published by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) last year in areas such as construction, medical devices, technology and food. According to the authority’s 2017 Annual Report, last year NSAI’s standards creators voted on the introduction of the world’s first Health and Safety Management standard and attended the first international meeting on blockchain standards in Sydney.


“Standards enhance competitiveness, build reputations, support national regulators, and deliver growth. NSAI is a strong and respected Irish voice on the world stage, fighting every day for Irish businesses and consumers to ensure that products and services are competitive, safe and fit for purpose,” said Geraldine Larkin, NSAI Chief Executive. “Our network of standards professionals is spread right across the country engaging and assisting local businesses to innovate, compete and trade in new markets.”


NSAI’s 2017 Annual Report also reveals that its Legal Metrology division inspected 14,763 measuring instruments used in trade last year, including 7,692 petrol and diesel pumps. Of those inspected, 270 were found to be dispensing fuel inaccurately and warnings were issued.


Of the 698 taximeters inspected for accuracy, 30 failed on first inspection while 322 supermarket scales were found to be weighing incorrectly out of the 4,580 inspected.


In addition, following an NSAI Legal Metrology inspection, a Donegal fish processing plant and a company director were fined €45,000 in total for tampering with weighing scales used to measure incoming fish catches.


With the continued strong growth in the construction sector, NSAI saw a rise in demand for its construction-related services in 2017. 


There were 646 construction products CE Mark audits carried out by NSAI staff, while the number of NSAI-registered insulation installers now stands at 226.


For further information, visit www.NSAI.ie or follow NSAI on Twitter @NSAI_Standards

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