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Q&A: Christine Scott

June 10, 2021

Q&A: Christine Scott

Program Manager, Technical Services, SCC

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What is your role at SCC? How does your dual role help you both as an inspector and a program manager?

A.

As an inspector, my primary role is to visit customers seeking confirmation of compliance to the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) – OECD requirements. I visit various sites and assess the organization’s infrastructures, review their processes and verify that personnel involved in conducting pre-clinical or pesticide studies conform with the principles of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – Good Laboratory Practices.

When I joined SCC over four years ago I was involved with aligning and partnering with Government and advising on standardization and accreditation tools. I enjoyed being able to develop, negotiate, and deliver work in alignment with the Federal departments and affiliate organizations and working cross-functionally with Accreditation Services Branch on new programs. I continue working with the Federal departments managing implementation activities for new schemes.

 

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This year’s theme for World Accreditation Day focuses on the use of accreditation in supporting the implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Do any of the programs that you work on as a program manager or assessor help support the SDGs (which and how)?

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Yes, in support of SDG 13 “Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”, I have been managing and working closely with Transport Canada (TC) to develop an accreditation sub-program to support the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). This new accreditation program requires conformance to ISO 14065:2013 along with additional requirements stipulated by CORSIA.

As of January 2020, airplane operators are required to engage an accredited third-party Verification Body (VB) to verify their annual emissions report. SCC and TC signed a memorandum of understanding in June 2019 to provide accreditation to verification bodies who would, in turn, offer verification services to the aviation industry.

 

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What are the benefits of being an inspector?

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As a qualified inspector I have the opportunity to meet various customers – primarily across Canada. I perform inspections of customers who are recognized or seeking recognition under the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) – OECD program. I often find myself either in an organization’s bioanalytical laboratory or in rural areas — where crop and pesticide studies take place.

Yes, these are two very different environments, but equally enjoyable when it comes to exploring the city and rural landscapes. Being able to explore the uniqueness of each community is one of the benefits of being an inspector.

 

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What are you most proud of when it comes to your work at SCC?

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Leading a project team to gather crucial information from SCC accredited/recognized organizations through a survey. The survey was successfully distributed to all SCC accredited/recognized organizations as a means to understand the temporary measures; and risk mitigation strategies for business continuity during the pandemic. With a response rate exceeding 90%, the survey information was used to help inform assessment/recognition planning and retained for SCC internal purposes; in alignment with IAF-ID3:2011: IAF Informative Document for Management of Extraordinary Events or Circumstances Affecting ABs, CABs and Certified Organizations.

 

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