AENOR has granted certification of COVID-19 Protocols to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), thus making it the first EU body to obtain this certificate.
EUIPO is a decentralised agency of the European Union (EU) based in Alicante, with a workforce of over one thousand employees from all EU member countries. It manages two current intellectual property rights in all EU member countries: the European Union trade mark and the community design and model - and receives around 250,000 applications a year for their use from more than 200 countries and regions around the world.
During the Spanish State of Alarm and the de-escalation in the Community of Valencia, EUIPO implemented a teleworking system backed by advanced information technology infrastructure, ensuring the continuity of its activities while staff worked outside the headquarters.
The mark accredits the correct implementation and effectiveness of the measures applied by the company: the AENOR audit process included a documentary audit that assessed the suitability of EUIPO protocols and management systems and an on-site visit to verify that everything had been correctly applied. The on-site audit included a review of the entire EUIPO campus, as well as all office areas, catering services, common areas, meeting rooms and technical facilities. Ventilation and cleaning routines, facilities maintenance, information provided to users and self-checking practices were also found to be appropriate.
The methodology of this certification is based on the permanently updated recommendations of national and international bodies and represents the organizations' comprehensive approach to managing the risks arising from COVID-19.
Statements from the Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau, and the CEO of AENOR, Rafael García Meiro are included in the attached press release.