The Ecuadorian Service for Standardization - INEN, formerly known as the Ecuadorian Institute for Standardization and established on August 28, 1970 is the National Standards Body of the Republic of Ecuador for standardization, regulation and metrology.
In 2007, the Ecuadorian Quality System bylaw granted the INEN the status of national technical arm under the Ministry of Industry and Productivity. In close collaboration with governmental entities, industry, consumers and academia, the INEN is responsible for the development, publication and promotion of Ecuadorian standards and other standardization deliverables.
The mission of the INEN is to facilitate domestic and international trade, meet local needs, improve the quality of products, services and processes of industry and service sectors, as well as to protect the consumer and the environment. The INEN develops a remarkable activity in the field of cooperation projects, with the objective to extend the benefits of standardization to an increasing number of interested parties.
The INEN is a member of the International Organization for Standardization ISO, International Electrotechnical Commission IEC, Pan American Standards Commission COPANT, and the Andean Standardization Network RAN. It also acts as a Point of Contact for the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO´s and World Health Organizations WHO´s Codex Alimentarius Commission.