OTTAWA, July 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), granting the organization non-exclusive rights to distribute International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards in Canada. UL is an SCC-accredited standards development organization (SDO).
"ISO and IEC standards are integral to the safe development and use of products and services in Canada and throughout the world," said SCC's Chief Executive Officer, John Walter. "SCC will continue to evaluate opportunities with SDOs and distribution channels to ensure that such standards are widely available for government and industry use."
This agreement enables Northbrook, Illinois-based UL to offer Canadian manufacturers and technical, electrical and electronic engineers, a convenient new channel to access critical standards information. ISO and IEC standards became available for purchase on July 1, 2014 through UL's online store at www.comm-2000.com.
"We are pleased to support greater Canadian access to these important IEC and ISO documents through our online channels. As a newly accredited standards developer in Canada, we feel it is important to provide additional ways for Canadians to access these essential documents," said Robert A. Williams, Vice President, Standards, UL. "Through this agreement we continue our commitment to supporting standards development in Canada".
SCC is a Crown corporation within the Industry Canada portfolio. 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 the efforts of Canadians in the development and use of national and international standards. Accreditation services are provided by SCC to various product certifiers and testing laboratories. SCC represents Canada at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and oversees the Canadian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years. Its more than 10,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. UL is actively involved in international standardization with both ISO and IEC and facilitates the participation of US and Canadian stakeholders on international technical committees as it breaks new ground in its mission to help create a safer, more sustainable world.
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SOURCE: Standards Council of Canada
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