The Canadian regulatory environment is complex. Not only must government regulators protect national/ provincial/ territorial interests and improve quality of life, but also respect Canada’s domestic and international trade objectives, all the while supporting innovation and competition.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) plays several roles as Canada’s national standardization body. In addition to representing Canada in international standards activities, it provides accreditation services for both standards development organizations and conformity assessment bodies. Standards Council accreditation is based on international guidelines, and is recognized by numerous other countries through mutual recognition agreements.
SCC can help government regulators make the most of the many standards and conformity assessment options available to them. SCC manages numerous programs and services designed to support the successful integration of standardization into regulatory practices. SCC can help government bodies to more effectively incorporate the most relevant and up-to-date standards into regulations that protect the social and economic welfare of all Canadians.
SCC and the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
SCC is helping to implement the Conformity Assessment Protocol of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The Conformity Assessment Protocol lays out a process for the mutual acceptance of test results and product certifications by Canadian and EU-recognized conformity assessment bodies (CABs). Learn more here.