The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has updated the requirements and guidance documents for accredited Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) to offer a simpler and more efficient process while maintaining the integrity and value of National Standards of Canada (NSCs).
By implementing these improvements, SCC is ensuring that, as the leader of Canada’s national standardization network, Canada continues to be innovative, responsive and efficient in its approach to standards development. All NSCs are developed under SCC oversight to guarantee they are consensus-based, involve a balanced committee of stakeholders, follow international best practices, promote international harmonization, and meet the needs of Canada and Canadians.
Over the past year, SCC has worked closely with the Standards Development Organizations Advisory Committee (SDOAC) to improve the Canadian standards development system in response to stakeholder needs. These improvements are focused on three main areas:
- Self-Declaration: SCC-accredited SDOs in good standing will be able to self-declare compliance with SCC’s Requirements & Guidance documents for the publication of their standards as NSCs. This improvement is based on existing safeguards and will increase efficiency to facilitate faster publication of standards.
- Duplication Resolution Mechanism: SCC has improved the process to address duplication of standards and effort. It includes more proactive SCC facilitation, the introduction of evaluation criteria, a clearer complaint and appeal process, and a compliance and verification process.
- Simplification and Clarification of Program Requirements: SCC has simplified the standards development process to focus on core-value requirements and position SDOs to assist Canadian innovators to succeed in the marketplace.
To provide SDOs with sufficient time to transition to the updated requirements and guidance documents, SCC will offer training and support through an implementation period that will extend to the fall 2017 timeframe. The full compliance date will be determined following consultation with SDOs.
To access SCC’s updated requirements and guidance for SDOs, visit:
- Canadian Standards Development – Program Overview
- Requirements & Guidance – Accreditation of Standards Development Organizations
- Requirements & Guidance – National Adoptions of International/Regional Standards and Other Deliverables
“SCC is always looking for innovative ways to improve our programs and offerings, and these updates to the Canadian Standards system are a reflection of our commitment to listen to stakeholders and continually deliver increasing value to Canada through standardization.”
John Walter, Chief Executive Officer, SCC
If you have questions about these improvements to the Canadian Standards Development system, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.