The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) offers internationally recognized accreditation programs for laboratories.
Requirements for SCC’s Accreditation Program for testing and calibration laboratories are defined in ISO/IEC 17025 –General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. This standard has been revised; more information on this change can be found here.
SCC accreditation helps laboratories deliver services with confidence and attract new customers. SCC accreditation proves a laboratory’s ability to manage and perform activities defined by its specific program scope of accreditation. SCC’s Accreditation Program is internationally recognized.
As a participant in several international and regional agreements, SCC accreditation is recognized around the world. Under these agreements, each organization recognizes the equivalent accreditations performed by its counterparts, and promotes the acceptance of test results from such accreditations within its own country. To this end, SCC maintains its membership in the following laboratory accreditation organizations:
- Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC)
- InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC)
- International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)
Ensuring quality management
All SCC-accredited laboratories are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories. The management system requirements contained in ISO/IEC 17025 meet the principles of, and are aligned with, the internationally recognized quality management system standard, ISO 9001:2015 - Quality management systems - Requirements.
- Download the joint IAF-ILAC-ISO communiqué on quality management in ISO/IEC 17025
- Revision of ISO/IEC 17025
SCC accreditation demonstrates a laboratory’s competence to manage and perform activities defined by its specific program scope of accreditation. Through SCC accreditation, laboratories are able to obtain independent, third-party, credible test results for themselves and for their customers.
SCC accreditation helps laboratories deliver services with confidence and attract new customers. As a signatory member to several international mutual recognition and multilateral agreements, SCC’s Accreditation Program is internationally recognized.