CSA Group and Embassy of Canada host a Seminar on the Importance of Standards to International Trade

BEIJING, Dec. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - CSA Group, a leading global provider of standards development, product testing and certification services, together with the Embassy of Canada to China held a seminar today in Beijing on the importance of standards in a global market. The faculty of speakers included:  RJ Falconi, Executive Vice President Government and Corporate Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, CSA Group; Hélène Vaillancourt, CSA Group Executive Vice President, Science and Engineering and Interim Executive Vice President, Asia; Guy Saint-Jacques, Canadian Ambassador to China; and Dr. Wang YiYi, Director Standardization Theory and Strategy Institute, China National Institute of Standardization and Mr. Duan Baotong, Standardization Administration of China.

"CSA Group has a long history of standards development and a wealth of knowledge to offer organizations looking to expand internationally. We are pleased to work with the government of the People's Republic of China to share this knowledge with Chinese organizations," said RJ Falconi. "We will continue to promote standards development in China and work with the government and businesses to further promote products of world-leading quality and innovation."

The Government of China is placing a new emphasis on innovation, quality and sustainability to keep China at the forefront of global manufacturing. Standards will play an important role in helping to achieve this goal through the promotion of new technologies, an emphasis on performance and safety and training for workers.

 "The Embassy of Canada to China is delighted to have hosted this valuable seminar," said Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques. "The development and use of internationally recognized standards plays a central role in reducing the time-to-market and costs of products, bringing a wide range of benefits to both business and consumers.  I was pleased to have had the opportunity to facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing between our Chinese partners and leading Canadian standards experts, like CSA Group, in this area."

CSA Group is expanding its standards development activities to help clients globally and will continue to offer training and services to assist manufacturers in understanding the requirements for global markets. It has established laboratories in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunshan with a full range of product testing and certification services for global markets, including Europe and North America. In the future, CSA Group will accelerate investments and expand local services to meet the increasing needs of clients in China.

About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous location and industrial, transportation, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.

SOURCE Canadian Standards Association

For further information: Media Relations Contact: Holly Huang, Hill and Knowlton Strategies, +65 6390 3346

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