Archived—Standards Council of Canada takes important step towards standards harmonization

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From left to right: John Walter, CEO of the Standards Council of Canada; David Plunkett, Canadian Ambassador to the European Union; Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC; Daniel Bunch, Deputy Head of Standardization Unit, European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry).

From left to right: John Walter, CEO of the Standards Council of Canada; David Plunkett, Canadian Ambassador to the European Union; Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC; Daniel Bunch, Deputy Head of Standardization Unit, European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry).

Source: CEN-CENELEC

In an effort to promote the harmonization of standards at the international level and to improve trans-Atlantic trade, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) recently signed a milestone cooperation agreement with two European standards organizations: the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).

"Formalizing the relationship with CEN and CENELEC will enable SCC to pursue enhanced cooperation on topics pertaining to standards and their application," said SCC's CEO, John Walter. "Greater harmonization of standardization activities in sectors of strategic importance expands the potential for economic growth and increased trade between Canada and Europe."

This agreement is expected to contribute to standardization cooperation in such areas as aerospace, fuel cell technology and environmental technologies. It highlights the important role harmonized standards play in improving global market access.

According to CEN and CENELEC's Director General, Elena Santiago Cid, "Canada is an important export market for European companies, whether they are selling goods—such as machinery, transport equipment and chemicals—or various kinds of services. By strengthening our cooperation with the SCC, we can make progress on reducing technical barriers to trade, thereby creating more opportunities for big and small businesses to grow."

CEN and CENELEC are officially recognized organizations responsible for developing and defining standards for a wide range of products and services at the European level. Their membership comprises the National Standards Bodies and National Electrotechnical Committees of 32 European countries, including all of the European Union member states, in addition to Croatia, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

The Standards Council of Canada is a Crown corporation and part of the Industry Canada portfolio. With the goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social well-being, the 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 is Canada's representative at the International Organization for Standardization, and an active member of the International Accreditation Forum. For more information, visit the SCC website or email your enquiry.

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