Standards are documents that describe the important features of a product, service or system. There are thousands of standards in use around the world that cover everything from the simplest screw thread to the most complex information technology network.
Standards can help organizations ensure their products and services are consistent, compatible, effective and safe. They also help the public understand these important safety requirements.
Most standards are voluntary – there are no laws requiring their application –but an increasingly competitive marketplace for goods and services means that more and more customers are demanding adherence to specific standards. Governments also make some standards mandatory, referencing them in legislation or through regulations.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) does not develop standards itself, but it plays the important role of coordinating standards work and ensuring Canada’s input on standards issues in international standards organizations. SCC accredits standards development organizations (SDOs) and also approves standards as National Standards of Canada (NSC) on a specific set of requirements/in a particular subject area.
Thousands of volunteers — users, manufacturers, consumers, contractors, engineers, architects, government representatives, researchers, and other experts — are involved in writing and updating Canadian standards. But for a standard to be recognized in Canada, it must be developed by an SCC-accredited SDO and submitted to SCC, to ensure the standard meets the necessary criteria to become an NSC.
SDOs are also responsible for the maintenance of any NSC they publish and must review the NSC within five years of its development.
SCC’s Criteria and Procedures section highlights each international standard and Canadian procedural document whose requirements must be met for a particular accreditation program.
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For more information, please contact SCC Accreditation Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.