The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is delighted to participate in the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. For each month in 2017, we will feature stories about standardization and SCC’s progressive leadership to deliver innovative standardization solutions and how they have helped to shape Canada’s history.
Accreditation is a vital component of standardization. It brings value through the independent evaluation of conformity assessment bodies against requirements outlined in international standards. In other words, accreditation provides third-party assurance for consumers, industry and regulators that the conformity assessment activities affecting them are reliable.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is an internationally recognized accreditation body of Canada, providing accreditation services and programs to a wide variety of organizations. SCC is a member of international accreditation organizations such as the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). Being a member of these organizations, SCC builds valuable relationships with international partners and acts as a voice for Canada on accreditation issues.
Learn more about accreditation and SCC’s role in this set of videos
Accredited conformity assessment bodies, such as laboratories, certification bodies, and inspection bodies, operate throughout the global supply chain to protect the safety and quality of products and services. For example, SCC provides accreditation services for laboratories that test food safety, and also accredits organizations that certify electrical safety. This third-party assessment ensures that the testing carried out by these organizations has been conducted properly—adding a layer of confidence that our food is safe to eat and our appliances are safe to plug in. Accreditation also enhances the acceptance of conformity assessment results across national and international borders, which supports the movement of products and services. These activities often happen behind the scenes, but the accreditation is vital in keeping citizens safe and ensuring products work as they should.
To raise awareness around the global importance of accreditation-related activities, IAF and ILAC established an International Accreditation Day celebration. The first International Accreditation Day, now known as “World Accreditation Day”, took place on June 9, 2008. It has since been celebrated annually on the same day, bringing together accreditation bodies and customers around the world.
Visit our event page to read about SCC’s World Accreditation Day celebrations from past years:
- World Accreditation Day 2017: Accreditation Delivers Confidence in Construction and the Built Environment
- World Accreditation Day 2016: Accreditation Supports Public Policy
- World Accreditation Day 2015: Accreditation Delivers Confidence in Health and Social Care
SCC looks forward to next year’s celebration of World Accreditation Day 2018—stay tuned for the announcement of the theme!
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