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Grants to SMEs to co-finance product certification costs on foreign market

Phase: Anticipation
  • Access to finance
  • Support of internationalisation
  • Support of SMEs
Last modified: 04 September, 2020
Име (на собств. език):

Dotacjia dla przedsiębiorców MŚP na dofinansowanie kosztów uzyskania certyfikatu wyrobu na rynku zagranicznym

Име на английски:

Grants to SMEs to co-finance product certification costs on foreign market


This support instrument is available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), employing fewer than 250 people and whose annual turnover does not exceed €50 million, and/or the annual balance sheet total does not exceed €43 million.

They have to conduct business activity in the territory of the Republic of Poland.

Main characteristics

Ministry for Development grants:

De minimis aid for co-financing product certificates is intended for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to cover part of the costs associated with obtaining product compliance certificates, certificates, declarations of conformity or attestations required in trade of goods on foreign markets, as well as the costs of extending their validity. The SME which plans to obtain a product certificate or extend the validity of certificates required by regulations in foreign markets can apply for a grant to cover 50% of the certification process costs. An annual grant may not exceed the amount of PLN 50,000 (€12,000) per enterprise. The latter has to cover the total cost of the certification process before being supported with a grant. The measure does not apply to certificates required by the European Single Market and its regulations. The measure is based on the ‘de minimis' rule of EU public aid granting.

The expenditures that qualify for reimbursement are:

  • Necessary consultancy/advisory services;
  • Preparation and translation of the technical documentation;
  • Transportation and insurance of the product samples and technical documentation sent for certification testing;
  • Audit;
  • Certification testing;
  • Issuing of the product certificate.

Polish Entrepreneurship Development Agency (PARP) grants:

In March 2020, PARP announced the competition on 'Internationalisation of SMEs', the aim of which is to finance the costs of introducing products or services of companies from Eastern Poland to new foreign markets. SMEs with at least one product (product or service) with the potential for internationalisation on at least one new foreign market are eligible. They can receive support in the maximum amount of PLN 800,000 (€181,181) and no more than 85% of the project value, among others for the acquisition of intangible assets (including certificates) in connection with preparation for internationalisation of operations.


    • National funds
    • European funds
    • European Funds

    Involved actors

    National government
    PARP -The Polish Entrepreneurship Development Agency (funding 50% of the costs up to the threshold), Ministry of Development


    Regarding the Ministry for Developments grant, there is no regular monitoring of the measure carried out, therefore no official data available. According to a research published in 2015, the amount of support was PLN 834,208 (€194,000) overall in 2010-2013 and 162 agreement had been signed with SMEs.

    The Polish Entrepreneurship Development Agency (PARP) competition on 'Internationalisation of SMEs' has started to operate.




    The measure supports the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. The instrument provides support at every stage of the certification process.



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