The Instituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa Rica (INTECO) is an independent association that was constituted in 1987. It is a private, non-profit body with representatives from the public and private sectors of the Costa Rican economy.
INTECO seeks to consistently improve standards-related activities with a view to promoting the quality of goods and services manufactured, produced or offered for sale within the country.
The Government of the Republic recognizes INTECO as the National Standards Body. INTECO began quality system registration activities in 1995, under agreement with AENOR. In 1999, INTECO introduced environmental management system registration, also under agreement with AENOR. The product certification service is offered to INTECO's clients independently.