This is chapter 4 of the Introduction to Standards and the Standards Council of Canada orientation module. A transcript of the video follows below.
Chapter 4 - Finding and using a standard
The process for implementing a standard begins with an individual or organization identifying relevant standards. This can be done using a variety of online sources, including through the databases and websites of organizations that develop standards.
In Canada, the SCC Standards Store compiles publications from hundreds of standards developers from Canada and around the world, and acts as a single point of entry to search for standards that respond to clients’ needs.
To purchase standards through a seamless order process, or to obtain more information, please visit www.standardsstore.ca.
The process for the implementation of a standard varies depending on the kind of standard it is and the changes required of an organization to implement that standard.
As a result, the time and resources needed for implementing a standard vary.
Once an organization has taken the prescribed steps to implement a standard, it may be required, or choose, to prove that it meets – or conforms to – all the requirements of that standard, whether it is a product, service or system. The practice of determining whether a product, service or system meets the requirements of a particular standard is called “conformity assessment”.
Conformity assessment can be conducted by the supplier, the purchaser, or an independent organization (i.e. a third party).
Third party organizations are most often accredited by a national accreditation body like SCC to undertake conformity assessment.
Third party organizations ensure that standards are being applied correctly and, upon successful audits, provide certification of conformity to a specific standard.