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 www.scc.ca, or email email@example.com.
SOURCE: Standards Council of Canada
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