How accredited conformity assessment will benefit Canada-U.K trading relationship
Accreditation benefits food safety, medical testing, emerging technologies, and many other industries that impact our daily lives. High-quality accreditation services help to underpin the credibility, safety, and performance of goods and services – providing confidence and trust in international trade.
On May 27th, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) are hosting a joint webinar on how accredited conformity assessment facilitates trade, with a focus on UK-Canada trade. This timely discussion comes as SCC and UKAS recently renewed our cooperation agreement and the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement has come into force. These set the stage to engage in a discussion on our roles as National Accreditation bodies, our collaboration, and the benefits it brings to trade as we move forward. Our panel will also highlight the broader social and economic importance of conformity assessment and assurances the international system provides.
Join us to learn how accreditation bodies are working together to help facilitate trade in current and emerging areas, to ensure we enter the future with confidence.
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT / 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM BST
This event will be available in French through simultaneous interpretation.
We are bringing together leaders from SCC and UKAS, policy experts and the international accreditation community to share their insights and perspectives on how accreditation helps deliver confidence.
The webinar will open with a welcome from SCC’s CEO, Chantal Guay and Acting SCC Chair, Colin Clark. Our speakers will then share their distinct perspective with some common elements followed by an engaging panel discussion.
- Matt Gantley, Chief Executive of UKAS and Elias Rafoul, VP Accreditation Services Branch at SCC
- Cristina Draghici, Head, Conformity Assessment and Consumer Matters, ISO Secretariat
- Mathew Smith, Executive Director, Technical Barriers and Regulations, Global Affairs Canada
- William Swords, Vice President and Co-Chair, International Trade Forum
All attendees will be invited to ask questions speakers questions during the event. Closing remarks will be delivered by Lord Lindsay, Chairman of UKAS.
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