The creation of a Standards Consultation Point, within the scope of the “Decentralized Network for the Consultation of Portuguese and European Standards”, at the Association’s headquarters, in Lisbon, and a 30% discount (over the catalog value) on the sale of normative documents national and European, excluding European documents that refer to International Standards, are some of the advantages that AIP member SMEs now benefit from the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Portuguese Institute of Quality and the Portuguese Industrial Association.

This Memorandum aims to “increase the visibility and accessibility of the use of standards by economic agents, particularly by SMEs”, namely by making the national electronic normative collection available in a decentralized network for consultation of Standards. For this purpose, the AIP made available a physical space in which the associated SMEs can obtain, free of charge, all the information on the rules relating to the identification of the Decentralized Network for Consultation of Portuguese Standards, namely, the ways of using the logo, contained in the Identity Manual; and also on the rules referring to Intellectual Property rights, which include Industrial Property, Copyright and Related Rights, which cover the Norms and normative documents.

The agreement entered into force on the 6th of July and was signed by the presidents of both institutions, respectively, João Miguel de Almeida Martinho Martins Pimentel, and José Eduardo Carvalho. It is valid for three years, automatically renewable for equal periods and takes effect from the date of its signature.