This is chapter 2 of the Canadian Participation in ISO and IEC orientation module. A transcript of the video follows below.
Standardization plays a key role in facilitating trade and commerce between Canada and countries all over the world. As supply chains grow longer and more complex, companies often deal with many trade partners. Standards that are developed and employed internationally are becoming increasingly valuable because they complement uniform methods of production and quality control. This significantly helps reduce cost, transit time & red tape.
To remain competitive, Canada maintains a solid footing in today’s global marketplace. By helping to shape the world-wide standards landscape, Canada continues to be considered a reputable player on the international stage.
The Standards Council of Canada represents Canada’s interests globally as a member of two organizations that develop voluntary international standards:
- The International Organization for Standardization, and
- The International Electrotechnical Commission
SCC’s membership in these organizations and other regional bodies helps Canada stay connected with the international standards development community.
Active involvement in the development of an international standard generally occurs when there is a clear & demonstrable Canadian interest. Experts work together to formulate a unified Canadian position by pursuing consensus. It is then presented at the international table, so that Canada’s needs and interests are considered as part of the standard developed.
A large network of contributors from all over the world is involved in international standards development. Through a committee-based governance structure, ISO and IEC coordinate and oversee the work and activities of its committees.
SCC actively connects with relevant subject matters experts on a regular basis. The goal is to ensure that Canada is participating in committees that are right for Canada’s interests. Your active involvement in committee work is a valuable means of ensuring that Canada maintains meaningful representation.
In areas where there is a significant potential for Canada’s economic growth & progress, SCC may also endorse a Canadian bid to lead the committees responsible for developing international standards. Such opportunities allow Canada to demonstrate impartial leadership and manage the work.
In contributing to International Standards Development, you are helping Canada to innovate & grow economically. When you participate as a committee member, you should always act in Canada’s best interests. Remember you are representing Canada, not your particular organization. Your voice counts as Canada’s voice internationally.