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SCC building stronger Canadian presence in int’l standards


June 23, 2014 – To ensure Canada has a voice in international standards development, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) says it is investing over $1 million in 2014-2015 to send Canadian experts to attend committee meetings of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

By attending these international meetings, Canadian representatives can influence international standards development in a way that benefits Canadian business, says SCC; also, access to the latest technologies “sharpens Canada’s competitive edge”.

These committee meetings range anywhere from IEC/SC17A “High-voltage switchgear and controlgear” and IEC/TC82 “Solar photovoltaic energy systems” to IEC/SC34D “Luminaires” and IEC/TC11 “Overhead lines”.

This investment is part of a larger strategic initiative, says SCC, explaining that it has doubled its investment in Canadian standardization expertise at the international level over the past few years.

As a result of SCC’s outreach efforts, Canadian companies have contributed upward of $160,000 in 2014-2015 to facilitate the participation of volunteers on international committees, enabling even more Canadian experts to participate in ISO and IEC standardization activities.

You can download the list of approved funding applications for 2014-2015 below.