AENOR certification provides automatic access to the Public Register of Innovative SMEs (under the authority of the Directorate-General for Innovation and Competitiveness, of the Ministry of the Economy and Business); for the first time, being registered enables companies to reconcile a 40% rebate in social security contributions for research personnel with a deduction of up to 42% of corporation tax R&D&I expenses.
The certificate of conformity for Innovative SMEs is based on the specification of AENOR EA
0047, which sets forth the requirements needed for an SME to be considered as innovative.
Companies must comply with a minimum of
400 points based on the
27indicators described in the standard, which are distributed among the areas of human resources, economic and financial resources, forms of innovation, organisation of the results of the process and generation of employment in R+D+I.
These indicators also enable companies to identify their strong and weak points in order to improve their performance in different management areas and to find out, through self-assessment, if they can obtain the minimum valuation of 400 points that is required to obtain an Innovative SME Certificate.
It is of use to all companies that perform R+D+I activities that can prove their SME status as a micro-SME or small or mid-size company employing fewer than 250 workers and with annual turnover of no more than 50 million euros.
This official certificate of Innovative SME, in accordance with the AENOR EA 0047 specification, allows SMEs access to the public registry of Innovative SMEs of the Directorate General of Innovation and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
AENOR Conform Mark Innovative SME
Brand AENOR Conformity Innovative SME
AENOR was the first organisation authorised to certify Young Innovative Companies under AENOR Specification EA 0043. This accreditation is in addition to the authorisation already obtained to certify innovative SMEs in accordance with EA 0047.