SCC publishes new tool to boost Consumer Product Safety

OTTAWA, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is pleased to announce the publication of Consumer Product Safety in Canada: A guide to standards and conformity assessment options for manufacturers, importers and sellers, with key information for businesses about product safety standards.

The Consumer Product Safety in Canada guide is meant to give manufacturers, importers and exporters a basic understanding of standards and conformity assessment and the role these play in the consumer product safety landscape.

The guide complements the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) which is focused on prohibiting the manufacture and importation of dangerous goods, and ensuring that government has the power to take corrective action with regard to unsafe products.

"This guide is a useful tool to help businesses understand what they must do to make sure their products are safe for Canadians," said Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq. "Canadians expect that products they find on store shelves will be safe. Clear standards mean safer products on the market, which is good for everyone."

Readers will also find information on available conformity assessment options, including how the work of SCC-accredited conformity assessment bodies contributes to reducing the potential harm that consumer products could cause Canadians. They will also learn how standardization and conformity assessment in particular contributes to Canada's broader economic goals.

SCC's guide is part of a larger effort to support Health Canada and the industry in implementing consumer product safety legislation. Since 2008, SCC and Health Canada's Consumer Product Safety Bureau have been working together under a Memorandum of Agreement to address consumer product safety issues through the use of the National Standards System.

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 advises federal, provincial and territorial governments, industry organizations, and nongovernmental bodies on standards - and conformity assessment-related aspects of trade and regulatory policy. SCC also serves as Canada's World Trade Organization and North American Free Trade Agreement (WTO/NAFTA) Enquiry Point. SCC represents Canada as the Canadian member of ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission and is an active member of the International Accreditation Forum. For additional information on the work of SCC, please visit, or email

SOURCE: Standards Council of Canada

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Media contact:

Antonia Kusy
Manager, Corporate Communications and Planning
613-238-3222 ext. 462


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