The research, technological development and innovation activities carried out in any country are all critical factors for determining its economic growth, welfare standards and international competitiveness.
These are crucial elements for the survival of organisations, and contribute to place companies in the right position to face the new challenges that arise in an increasingly more global market.
The strategic importance of the R+D+I has led the Spanish Public Administration to foster these activities as much as possible, and provide incentives for companies that incur R+D+I-related expenses through tax relief in the Corporation Tax Act (article 33).
For the purpose of providing access to this relief, companies can apply to the Ministry of Science and Technology for a report that is binding on the Treasury, establishing the contents of the research, development and innovation activities in their projects (additional provision one of Act 7/2003, OSG dated April 2 2003).
With the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology, AENOR has prepared UNE 166000:2002 EX R+D+I Management Standard: Terminology and definitions of the R+D+I activities", UNE 166001:2002 EX "R+D+I Management: Requirements to be met by an R+D+I project" and UNE 166002:2002 EX "R+D+I Management: Requirements to be met by the R+D+I System".
These standards are intended to promote and systematize all research, development and innovation activities undertaken by companies in Spain.
The certification of R+D+I management systems has the objective of including research, development and innovation in business management activities (quality, the environment, occupational health and safety etc.). The certification of this management mode aims to put business activities on the same level, enabling companies to obtain recognition. Certification is based on the UNE-EN 166002:2002 standard R+D+I Management. Requirements to be met by an R+D+I Management System.
The certification of projects is a separate process from that of the management systems. It is not necessary for a company to be certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 to obtain this certificate.
Also, the projects are certified ONE by ONE, and never as a group, as each one has its own respective tax relief based on its R+D+I and IT content.
In compliance with these standards AENOR has developed two types of certifications:
The AENOR R+D+I Projects and R+D+I Management Systems Certificates contribute to promote research, development and innovation work in organisations, improving their image and competitiveness over other companies in the sector.
These projects also help business managers to put their projects into practice by making the right decisions, reducing uncertainty and quantifying both, the investment and the expenses incurred while executing the project.
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