SCC has an obligation to review applications from organizations wishing to become accredited under its various programs, and to approve applications when organizations are deemed to meet program accreditation requirements. The addition of new SDOs offers more options and greater flexibility within Canada’s standardization network. The accreditation of US-based standards development organizations helps provide more standardization solutions to better serve stakeholders such as Canadian government, industry and consumers. This further protects the health and safety of Canadians while enhancing Canada’s economic competitiveness.
In a number of industry sectors, Canadian experts already participate directly in standards development activities of these US-based organizations, and having access to these experts for the development of National Standards of Canada is an important element of SCC accreditation. Expanding SDO accreditation also promotes harmonization of standards between Canada and the US, broadening opportunities for trade between the two countries while also presenting solutions to bilateral regulatory issues.
When the expansion of SDOs was first proposed, SCC undertook a year-long consultation process with government, industry and the four Canadian SDOs at the time (CSA Group, Bureau de normalisation du Québec, Canadian General Standards Board and Underwriters Laboratories of Canada). This was instrumental in understanding various perspectives surrounding the issues, opportunities and challenges of expanding the number of SCC-accredited SDOs.