The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) signed a bilateral cooperation agreement on June 10 that will support the Canada and European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This cooperation agreement will facilitate the implementation of the Conformity Assessment Protocol in CETA, allowing for the mutual acceptance by Canada and the EU of test results and product certifications by each other’s recognized bodies. This, in turn, will enhance trade and open doors for Canadian and EU companies.
Differing regulations and standards between countries can cause delays and restrict market access for industry. Mutual recognition of accreditation bodies through the CETA Conformity Assessment Protocol will help to address these issues by allowing conformity assessment bodies in Canada and the EU to be recognized in certain areas through one mutually accepted accreditation.
CETA is a ground-breaking trade agreement that will reinforce Canada’s important economic relationship with the EU. It covers all aspects of our broad trading relationship, including goods, services, investment, government procurement and regulatory cooperation. CETA will provide Canada access to the world’s largest market, with more than 500 million people in 28 countries, with a combined GDP of $20 trillion.
About the European co-operation for Accreditation
The European co-operation for Accreditation is an association of national accreditation bodies in Europe that are officially recognized by their national governments to assess and verify—against international standards—organizations that carry out evaluation services such as certification, verification, inspection, testing and calibration (also known as conformity assessment services).
John Walter, Chief Executive Officer, SCC, with Andreas Steinhorst, Executive Secretary, EA, at signing of bilateral cooperation agreement between SCC and EA.