As the leader of Canada’s standardization network, SCC is working with Canadian companies, large and small, to help them get the most out of standards, so that they can bring their innovative ideas and products to the world. The international trade arena is more complex and competitive than ever before; some estimates contend that up to 80% of world trade is impacted by standardization.
One way SCC is supporting access to new markets is by helping to implement the Conformity Assessment (CA) Protocol within the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
CETA addresses technical barriers to trade, which include measures to facilitate and simplify the conformity assessment process for exporters of products between the Canadian and EU markets.
The CA Protocol lays out a process for the mutual acceptance of test results and product certifications by Canadian and EU-recognized conformity assessment bodies (CABs). For specific product categories covered by the CA Protocol, Canada and the EU have agreed to work to mutually recognize the accreditation of CABs of the other party to certify to their respective requirements. This will reduce costs and administrative delays for Canadian and EU companies.
SCC plays a key role in helping to implement the CA Protocol. Through SCC’s agreement with the European Co-Operation for Accreditation (EA), Canadian CABs will be eligible to be recognized as Notified Bodies if they are accredited by SCC. Likewise, EU CABs will also be eligible to be recognized in Canada through the EA.
The CA Protocol does not restrict Canadian and EU regulators from setting their own requirements. It simply provides a mechanism for mutual recognition of certification to certain requirements. The CA Protocol only applies to the certification of products by accredited third-party CABs. SCC and EA will begin to implement the Protocol with a pilot in 2017. After evaluating the pilot, other product categories or sectors will be identified and implemented through a phased-in approach.
For more information on the CA Protocol, please contact CETAinfo@scc.ca.
For general inquiries and additional information on the implementation of CETA, please contact Global Affairs Canada (GAC).