Operating in Canada since 1920, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (UL) has a working relationship with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) that dates to 1973 when ULC Standards were first accredited as a standards development organization; making them one of the important architects for Canada’s national system for safety. The standards developed by Underwriters Laboratories, an independent, non-profit entity, play an important role in improving public safety.
The certification programs provided by UL’s conformity assessment group help companies bring safer products to Canadian and global marketplaces and also contributes to improving public safety for Canadians. UL’s time-tested system supports governmental product safety regulations, and complements federal, provincial, and municipal public safety initiatives. They also work with other international safety schemes to help further international trade with adherence to local and international safety requirements.
We asked UL: What does accreditation and working with SCC mean to you?
“It’s a trust that spans decades. UL in North America has been a long-standing partner with SCC. This is a partnership that has evolved over the years. SCC Accreditation provides credibility and formal recognition to the UL Mark in Canada. That recognition instills confidence and trust in both our customers and regulators that our services are able to meet their needs. The independent oversight that SCC provides helps to ensure continued compliance and improvement and helps demonstrate the competence, impartiality and performance capability of the conformity assessment process.” – Joseph Hosey, VP & Country Manager, UL
Most importantly, UL highlighted that accreditation reduces barriers to trade and helps assure customers that they will get the business benefits and value they pay for, both in domestic and international markets.
Here at SCC we are not the only ones celebrating. As mentioned previously, UL founded its Canadian operations in 1920 and is currently celebrating their 100th anniversary. We take great pride in our longstanding relationship with UL as it has shaped standards in Canada.