The people and their expertise on the subject matter. The technical committee’s most popular standard is ISO 15189 Medical laboratories – Requirements for quality and competence. Two Canadians led the development of the original main document used for laboratory accreditation to ISO 15189 and I am currently co-leading the revision of the standard.
Canada holds leadership roles on ISO/TC 212 Clinical laboratory testing and in vitro diagnostic test systems. This includes one convenor and one deputy convenor.
Canadians were very involved in developing both ISO/TS 20658 Medical laboratories – Requirements for sample collection, transport, receipt and handling, and ISO/TS 20914 Medical laboratories — Practical guidance for the estimation of measurement uncertainty. We’ve hosted meetings in Vancouver and Toronto – delegates love coming to Canada!
The biorisk management standard for laboratories, ISO 35001:2019, was also based on Canadian documents.