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It is an open organization with members from the Colombian government , private sector and in general any individual who might be interested in the compliance of standards in Colombia. Icontec accredits organizations, companies and individuals that engage in the manufacturing or development of products and industrial processes.
Icontec is present in different countries of the Americas and the Caribbean. Its headquarters are located in Bogota , Colombia. Icontec was founded on May 10, under the leadership of Colombian engineer Javier Henao and 17 entrepreneurs who were seeking to create an organization dedicated to the creation of standards and the overseeing of existing ones that had not been implemented in Colombia.
Since then, the institute has grown as a national authority in the management of standards. A seal with the Icontec logo has been a common signature of quality and compliance of international standards in many products in the Colombian market and is often featured in TV ads. By decree of and decree of , Icontec is the advisor for the Colombian government in the international trade sector and it is the one that oversees and seeks the improvement of the guidelines in the relationship vendor-customer.
Icontec's last major certification by the Colombian government was ratified in under decree ICONTEC is the national standards body, and is an active member of the most important international and regional standards bodies. This allows the Institute to participate in the definition and development of regional and international standards in order to be in the vanguard of information and technology. ICONTEC is a certification body having world coverage through IQNet, the international certification network, through which they offer certification services around the world, provided by ICONTEC, as the national standardizations body , coordinates the preparation of technical guides and standards and other normative documents applicable in Colombia.
To this purpose, there are approximately standardization committees in which industry, consumers, academy and general interests participate, in order to establish the fundamental requirements related to quality, safety, security, health care and environment, for products, services, processes and systems.
Since Icontec has worked closely with different economic sectors as a certifier of process administration and it grants the certification of quality in Colombia. Through its Education and Development Department, ICONTEC has designed and offers diverse training programs specially addressed to manufacture and service companies, and to other specific sectors which allow entrepreneurs and their personnel to acquire and apply management systems concepts and methods.
The Institute has programs in the topics of quality, environmental, occupational health and safety management systems, and training to auditors, leading to maintenance and improvement of quality systems.
Specific programs for health care, education, hotels and tourism, financial, good agricultural practices sectors, travel agencies, micro-businesses, quality management in food sector, public Management, integral risk administration in companies, and an administrative program for organizational improvement, have already been designed and are currently offered.
ICONTEC has designed and developed the technical infrastructure necessary to offer services related to climate change organizational initiatives. The Clean Development Mechanism CDM , created in the framework of the Kyoto protocol, allows that developing countries that do not have commitments of greenhouse gas reduction develop projects of reduction or capture of GHG emissions. These reductions can be certified and sold to those countries that have reduction commitments.
In order to obtain the certification of the reductions, it is required that the project has been validated and verified to demonstrate that reductions are reached in the declared periods. ICONTEC offers calibration of measurement equipment and instruments, in order to support industry development and satisfy the increasing demand in the field of metrology in the following areas: dimensional metrology, pressure, mass and scales , temperature, and volumetry.
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It is an open organization with members from the Colombian government , private sector and in general any individual who might be interested in the compliance of standards in Colombia. Icontec accredits organizations, companies and individuals that engage in the manufacturing or development of products and industrial processes. Icontec is present in different countries of the Americas and the Caribbean. Its headquarters are located in Bogota , Colombia. Icontec was founded on May 10, under the leadership of Colombian engineer Javier Henao and 17 entrepreneurs who were seeking to create an organization dedicated to the creation of standards and the overseeing of existing ones that had not been implemented in Colombia. Since then, the institute has grown as a national authority in the management of standards.
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