OTTAWA, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and
the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) are pleased to
announce the launch of a set of pilot projects that will facilitate the
development of joint Canada-U.S. standards in the electrotechnical and
plumbing/heating sectors. The pilot projects will focus on new or
emerging product areas where neither standards nor regulations
currently exist, and where standards development would benefit the
greatest number of Canadian and American users.
"As a result of recent stakeholder consultations with Canadian and U.S.
industry, SCC and ANSI have agreed to work together to advance
Canada-U.S. voluntary standards cooperation and innovation," said John
Walter, SCC Chief Executive Officer (CEO). "We are excited to lend our
support to this initiative."
Developing joint standards that serve the public health and safety
objectives of Canadian and U.S. regulators will help industry in both
countries to avoid inefficiencies and to contain potential development
costs. Through pursuit of Canada-U.S. collaborations that propel
adherence to a joint set of requirements, maximum benefits for users in
both countries can be achieved.
"In our role as coordinator of the U.S. standardization system, ANSI is
pleased to partner with SCC on this project, which will make it easier
for products to cross our shared border," said Joe Bhatia, president
and CEO of ANSI. "We look to the U.S. and Canadian standards developing
community to share their proposals, and to industry in both countries
to actively participate in the development of these voluntary
A selection panel of Canada-U.S. industry representatives, including
members of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) and
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) and several U.S. organizations that are
being identified, will be formed to evaluate project submissions. Two
product categories/topics - one focused on plumbing/heating, and one
focused on electrotechnology, will be selected as the subjects of the
joint standards pilot projects.
SCC will then solicit proposals from accredited standards development
organizations (SDOs), and provide funding as-needed to facilitate the
development of joint Canada-U.S. voluntary standards. In order to be
selected, entities must be accredited to develop national standards in
both countries - whether as a single SDO with dual accreditation, or
through a partnership of U.S.-Canada SDOs. The selection of proposals
will be announced in November 2013. Work on the standards is expected
to begin in January 2014.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit
organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness
and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and
safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and
conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses,
professional societies and trade associations, standards developers,
government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The
Institute represents the interests of more than 125,000 companies and
organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide. The Institute is
the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S.
representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
SCC is a Crown corporation and a portfolio of Industry Canada. With the
goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social
well-being, SCC leads and facilitates the development and use of
national and international standards. SCC also coordinates Canadian
participation in standards development, and identifies strategies to
advance Canadian standardization efforts. Accreditation services are
provided by SCC to approximately 500 customers, including various
product certifiers and testing laboratories. SCC represents Canada at
the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and oversees
the Canadian national committee to the International Electrotechnical
Commission (IEC). For additional information on the work of the SCC,
visit www.scc.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Senior Director, Communications and Public Relations, ANSI
Manager, Corporate Communications and Planning, SCC
613-238-3222 ext. 462