"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 S. 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 standards."
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.
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.