MSME Sustainable (ZED) Certification is an extensive drive to create awareness amongst MSMEs about Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) practices and motivate and incentivize them for ZED Certification while also encouraging them to become MSME Champions.


The ZED Certification envisages the promotion of Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) practices amongst MSMEs so as to:

  • • Encourage and enable MSMEs for manufacturing quality products using the latest technology, and tools & to constantly upgrade their processes for the achievement of high quality and high productivity with the least effect on the environment
  • • Develop an Ecosystem for ZED Manufacturing in MSMEs, for enhancing competitiveness and enabling exports
  • • Promote the adoption of ZED practices and recognize the efforts of successful MSMEs
  • • Encourage MSMEs to achieve higher ZED Certification levels through graded incentives
  • • Increase public awareness on demanding Zero Defect and Zero Effect products through the MSME Sustainable (ZED) Certification
  • • Identify areas to improve upon, thereby assisting the Government in policy decisions and investment prioritization
  • • Quality Austria Central Asia is an approved Assessment agency for ZED Certification authorized by the ZED Division of Quality Council of India (QCI). Quality Austria Central Asia has been carrying out ZED certification audits since the inception of the scheme.

MSMEs can apply for certification at any of the following three levels:

  • • Certification Level 1: BRONZE (5 Parameters)
  • • Certification Level 2: SILVER (14 Parameters)
  • • Certification Level 3: GOLD (20 Parameters)


All MSMEs registered with the UDYAM registration portal (of the MoMSME) will be eligible to participate in MSME Sustainable (ZED) Certification and avail of related benefits/incentives.


Registration > ZED Pledge > Zed Certification Level selection > Document Upload & Verification > Closures of Gaps > Issuance of Certificate.

To Register: Complete the registration form:

Certification Fees:

Refer discount on certification fees up to 100%

  • • Certification Level 1: BRONZE (5 Parameters) – INR 10,000
  • • Certification Level 2: SILVER (14 Parameters) – INR 40,000
  • • Certification Level 3: GOLD (20 Parameters) – INR 90,000


  • • MSMEs will be given financial assistance/ subsidy for obtaining a ZED Certification Level.
  • • An MSME unit will get a subsidy as per the following structure, on the cost of certification:
  1. Micro Enterprises: 80%
  2. Small Enterprises: 60%
  3. Medium Enterprises: 50%
  • • There will be an additional subsidy of 10% for the MSMEs owned by Women/SC/ST Entrepreneurs OR MSMEs in NER/ Himalayan/LWE / Island territories / aspirational districts.
  • • In addition to the above, there will be an additional subsidy of 5% for MSMEs which are also a part of the SFURTI OR Micro & Small Enterprises - Cluster Development Programme (MSE-CDP) of the Ministry.

A limited-purpose joining reward of Rs.10,000/- will be offered to each MSME once they take the ZED Pledge which needs to be utilized within a defined time period for the purpose defined as per the following modalities:

  1. This joining reward may be used by an applicant MSME only once while applying for a ZED Certification (Bronze, Silver, and Gold).
  2. If the joining reward is used for any Certification, then the cost of the reward will be first deducted from the cost of Certification and then the Subsidy may apply if applicable. For example, if an MSME uses the reward for applying for Bronze Certification, the effective cost to MSME becomes zero, while in case an MSME applies for the Silver or Gold Certification, the reward amount will be adjusted in the Certification Cost and the subsidy will apply on the balance amount as per the type of the MSME (Micro, Small or Medium).
  3. This joining reward will be valid only for 1 year after taking the ZED Pledge.

Some of the Benefits of ZED Certification:

  • • Access to Digital MSME Subscription
  • • International Cooperation (IC) Scheme
  • • Stall Charges are subject to a maximum of Rs.3.50 lakh or actual rent paid, whichever is lower
  • • Economy class airfare is subject to a maximum of Rs. 1.75 lakh or actual fare paid, whichever is lower
  • • Financial Institution Incentives (Processing Fees Waiver – up to 0.5%, Interest Rate Waiver – up to 1%)
  • • Technology Transfer and Quality Certification, ZED Certification - The fee payable for obtaining BIS/ ISO/ FSSAI/ AGMARK/ HALLMARK/ SILK MARK/ ZED Certification, etc., and fee payable for getting Technical knowhow/ Technology transfer from any recognized national /international research laboratories/ Technical Institutes/ University, Institutions like CFTRI, CIPET, etc. by eligible unit, will be provided subsidy up to the extent of 75%, subject to a ceiling of Rs. 10.00 lakh.
  • • Quality Certification Subsidy -   The new and existing Micro, Small, and Medium category industries established by general category entrepreneurs in the State shall be reimbursed 50% of the amount spent, a maximum of Rs. 5 Lakh for obtaining ISO 9001, ISO14001, ISO 45001, ISO22000 category, IS certification, ZED certification, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) certification LEBP certification in the field of new and renewable energy, Euro Standard or other similar national/international certification.

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The ISO 21001 certification ensures that the educational services provide effective and efficient services. The standards allow for a personalized experience for all learners, particularly those with special education needs and distance learners. Furthermore, by gaining ISO 21001 certification, you can show stakeholders that you are dedicated to improving your educational system.


Who Should Apply for ISO 21001?

ISO 21001 can be applied to educational organizations within larger organizations, such as professional training departments, whose core business is not education.


The Benefits of ISO 21001

  • • Improved alignment of educational mission, vision, goals, and action plans following ISO 21001
  • • Gaining a reputation for providing inclusive and equitable quality education
  • • Providing self-learning and lifelong learning opportunities to all
  • • Giving personalized learning and effective response to special educational needs
  • • Consistently providing processes and evaluation tools to demonstrate and increase effectiveness and efficiency
  • • Raising the credibility of the educational organization
  • • Enabling organizations to demonstrate commitment to education management practices in the most effective manner
  • • Uniformity of maintaining national standards within an international framework
  • • Increased participation of interested parties
  • • Encouragement of excellence and innovation


How Can QACA Help You?

A Quality Austria Central Asia certificate verifies that internal corporate processes have been checked and are in compliance with the relevant standard for ISO 21001. In addition, our certified certification body conducts audits that follow the ISO 21001.

Other advantages that QACA provides are: 

  • • Delivering effective and efficient educational services
  • • Ensuring that learners receive the desired level of education while also improving productivity, safety, and well-being.
  • • Improve your competitiveness and credibility

You can request a certificate from us to evaluate your organization's performance based on ISO 21001


ISO 14001 is a globally recognized standard that lays out the standards for a quality environmental management system. It assists firms in improving their environmental performance through more effective resource utilization and waste reduction, resulting in a competitive advantage and stakeholder confidence.


Who Should Apply for the ISO 14001 Certification?

Any organization that wishes to build, upgrade, or maintain an environmental management system in accordance with its specified environmental policy and standards should adopt ISO 14001.

The ISO 14001 standards can be incorporated into any environmental management system to varying degrees. It depends on the organization's business, environmental policy, product and service offers, and geographic location.


Benefits of ISO 14001 (EMS)

  • • Exhibit compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. 
  • • Enhance employee productivity by increasing leadership involvement and engagement of employees
  • • Incorporate environmental issues into business management to aim for strategic business
  • • Integrating a better supply chain to increase environmental performance.
  • • Raise the organization's reputation and brand image by maintaining the confidence of stakeholders through strategic communication
  • • Gain a competitive and financial edge over your competitors through increased efficiencies and business management.


How Can QACA Help You?

A Quality Austria Central Asia certificate verifies that internal corporate processes have been checked and are in compliance with the relevant standard for ISO 14001 standards. Audits are conducted by our certified certification bodies that follow ISO 14001. 

We help you identify the legal requirements for the EMS by defining your environmental policy, environmental aspects, and environmental objectives and targets. In addition, we help you meet the overall scope and implementation of the environmental management system. We ensure that you develop the necessary and optional processes and procedures for your organization's operations.

You can request an audit from us to evaluate your organization's performance based on ISO 14001.


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ISO 27701:2019 is the first global privacy management standard. It sets out requirements relating to the implementation of a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS). The ISO 27701 standard serves to demonstrate compliance with data protection regulations and represents an extension of the well-known ISO 27001. Both standards and the combined management system are based on the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and information. The conformity with the standard’s requirements is certifiable & businesses can get certified by adoption and implementation of the requirements of the standard.  The ISO/IEC 27701:2019 proposes a set of additional requirements and guides dedicated to the protection of personal data in extension to ISO 27001.

Risk-based Approach

The ISO/IEC 27701 encapsulates a risk management process defined by ISO as the “organized application of management policies, procedures, and practices to the activities of communicating, consulting, establishing the context, identifying, analyzing, evaluating, treating, monitoring and reviewing risk.’ In the ISO/IEC 27701:2019, the risk management process aims to assess and address the data security risks associated to the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of personal data.

Certification Process

This is typically a two-stage process consisting of a system appraisal and an initial assessment, the duration of which is dependent on the size and nature of your organization.
The successful demonstration by an organization against the requirement of the ISO 27701 standard during the third-party assessment by the Conformity body will result in certification. The certification cycle is of 3 years with which the first year being for Readiness and Certification Audit. In the following 2 years, annual Surveillance audits are conducted to assess compliance with the existing system requirements and to capture the changes, if any.

Need and Benefits of adopting ISO 27701

• Ensures legal and regulatory compliance.  
• Minimizes the risk of data privacy breaches and hence the potential consequences.  
• Building trust with existing stakeholders and potential customers. 
• Defines roles and responsibilities clearly 
• Offers a structured framework that could be used by businesses to streamline their internal personal data processing activities.
• ISO 27701 satisfies the demand from your customers and suppliers for managing the data privacy requirements. 

How can we help?

Quality Austria offers the Certificate for Privacy Information Management Systems as per ISO 27701 standard – in the form of an extension to ISO 27001. Our assessors are qualified professionals with sector-specific information security and IT experience that matches your business needs, ensuring an effective audit of your system. Our certification mark is accepted worldwide, making it a demonstration tool for your system to showcase compliance with data privacy practices.
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ISO 50001 is a global standard certification whose primary goal is to provide the efficient use of an Energy Management System. Like some other common ISO standards, the standard is based on a management system model of continuous improvement.

The certification requires a company to develop an energy policy, set goals to meet the policy, use data to meet the goals, measure policy effectiveness, and continuously improve the policy.

Adopting ISO 50001 is critical for establishing a more systematic and sustainable approach to energy management within a facility. When you comply with the standard, it demonstrates that your organization has implemented a sustainable energy management system.


Who Should Apply for ISO 50001?

The standard provides organizations, ranging from large retailers to smaller manufacturers and small businesses, with the opportunity to become more resilient to energy costs and availability.


The Benefits of ISO 50001

  • • Enhanced tender opportunities by demonstrating your environmental credentials.
  • • Helping organizations gain external credibility for their energy-saving efforts.
  • • Provides a better understanding of the relationship between predictable energy demand and supply
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  • • Reducing carbon emissions while meeting government desired goals.


How Can QACA Help You?

A Quality Austria Central Asia certificate verifies that internal corporate processes have been checked and are in compliance with the relevant standard for ISO 50001. In addition, our certified certification body conducts audits that follow the ISO 50001.

You can request a certificate from us to evaluate your organization's performance based on ISO 50001.