Access foreign markets often represents a challenge, due to the competition of local businesses, customs impositions and technical barriers to trade (TBT) that require products to meet a series of requirements generally linked to safety, environment protection or quality features (e.g. if an importing country does not recognise certificates and declarations of conformity issued in the exporting country).
Trusting an accredited CAB helps reduce or eliminate technical barriers to trade, due to the international recognition of ENAC accreditation.

Recognition agreements

ENAC is a signatory to all existing international accreditation agreements, so its accreditations are recognised in over 100 countries. Check the countries where CABs’ activities accredited by ENAC are recognised:

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Recognition by the authorities

Accreditation has become an essential tool in internal and international trade, since the European Commission itself relies on it in a wide range of activities and accredited services are recognised by trade regulations in countries such as United States, Ecuador, Algeria, Turkey or New Zealand, among many others.

Member States shall not refuse certificates or test reports issued by a conformity-assessment body accredited for the appropriate field of conformity-assessment activity in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 on grounds related to the competence of that body.


Regulation (EC) No 764/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Other international acknowledgements

Due to international agreements, accreditation is also required by organisations that wield great influence on purchasing decisions (industrial associations, non-governmental and consumer organisations, technical centres…) from different countries. It has also enabled these countries to establish sectoral evaluation schemes, leading in an increasing international recognition for Spanish companies. 

Demand the ENAC mark

A certificate or report must include the ENAC mark in order to benefit from ENAC’s international agreements, so we recommend rejecting certificates or reports without it.

Further information about accreditation's support to exportation