The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) was pleased to sign a Cooperation Agreement with the Instituto Nacional de Calidad (INACAL), the national standards body of Peru. The signing took place on October 10, 2017, at the 81st General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission in Vladivostok, Russia.
This agreement builds on the existing relationship between SCC and INACAL and is a continuation of SCC’s ongoing capacity-building work. As part of the agreement, SCC will assess INACAL’s standards development system against prescribed requirements.
This innovative initiative follows a similar capacity development project successfully conducted with the Instituto de Normas Técnicas (INTECO), Costa Rica’s national standards body, in 2016. This positive relationship with INTECO gave SCC CEO John Walter the opportunity to deliver a presentation to over 200 key Costa Rican stakeholders, highlighting the value of receiving an attestation from SCC.
Standards are an integral part of a country’s economic and social well-being. As a recognized leader and trusted advisor in international standardization, SCC is regularly asked to provide guidance to other standards bodies, particularly within regional networks such as the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT). These cooperation agreements also provide an opportunity to work bilaterally to align standards, reduce trade barriers and help businesses compete globally.
“I am delighted to continue building our relationship with INACAL through this important agreement. Such bilateral cooperation agreements help to expand future trade opportunities for both countries. They are an example of one of the many ways by which SCC supports Canada’s economic strategy.”
John Walter, CEO, SCC
Pictured from left to right: Rocío Barrios Alvarado, Presidenta Ejecutiva, Instituto Nacional de Calidad; Chantal Guay, SCC Vice-President, Standards and International Relations