The Hellenic National Quality Infrastructure System was established in 1976 under the name “Hellenic Organization for Standardization” as a non-profit legal entity under private law, subsidized by the State and supervised by the Minister of Industry. Under the provisions of Article 6 of Act 4109/2013, a legal entity of the private law, under the name “National Quality Infrastructure System” and acronym NQIS, was established. According to this Act, the “Hellenic Organization for Standardization” was transformed and incorporated to the National Quality Infrastructure System (NQIS), as an autonomous operational unit with operational, financial and accounting autonomy with the acronym NQIS/ELOT.
NQIS/ELOT is the sole Body, at national level, for the approval, publication and distribution of National Standards. NQIS/ELOT is the recognized national member of International and European Organizations for Standardization, such as ISO, IEC, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.
Finally, NQIS/ELOT provides information services on Standardization and EU Legislation issues as well as specialized open or in house training courses, in topics related to Standardization, Quality and EU Legislation.
NQIS/ELOT operates under specific criteria set by European organizations for standardization, namely CEN and CENELEC. NQIS/ELOT has established and operates Standardization Committees related to Information Technology issues, including information technology for learning, education and training, with a scope of monitoring and participating in European and International standardization issues in this domain.
The Committees’ main priorities include coordination at national level, participation in European and International Standardization Bodies and “localization” on interoperability issues. According to standardization principles of balanced representation of all interested parties and the consensus based decisions, the structure and function of the Standardization Committees assures the wider possible acceptance and dissemination of its works.