The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) recently signed a Cooperation Arrangement with the British Standards Institution (BSI), the national standards body of the United Kingdom, to advance cooperation between both organizations.
SCC works closely with BSI on many matters of mutual interest, including collaboration at the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission. This Cooperation Arrangement will also help in the implementation of a possible Canada-UK bilateral Free Trade Agreement, and will support the implementation of a potential Canada-UK Protocol on the mutual acceptance of the results of conformity assessment.
SCC’s mandate includes promoting efficient and effective standardization to advance the national economy, facilitate international trade, and further international cooperation in relation to standardization. Entering into arrangements with similar organizations in other countries is a means to deliver on this mandate.
The strong relationship between Canada and the United Kingdom is one based on cooperation and mutual respect. Our countries work together in many different ways, and I am delighted to continue building on our collaborative relationship through this Cooperation Arrangement.”
Chantal Guay, SCC CEO
The UK and Canada have an extremely strong relationship, and the agreement signed today seeks to build on this. The increased use of international standards can act as a catalyst to increase trade in goods and services between the UK and Canada. The cooperation agreement provides a vehicle to identify priority areas where working in partnership we can support bilateral trade and investment between the two countries."
Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at BSI