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Celebrating World Accreditation Day

June 8, 2021

Celebrating World Accreditation Day

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The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is proud to participate in strengthening the global infrastructure of accreditation. High-quality accreditation services help to underpin the credibility, safety and performance of the goods and services we rely on every day. It has a vital role in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ambitious plan of action that world leaders designed to end poverty, protect the planet and improve lives worldwide, by 2030.

With the ultimate goal to ‘leave no one behind,’ the SDGs incorporate economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The benefits of accreditation align with the SDGs’ pillars of people, prosperity, and planet. Policy-makers, businesses and other stakeholders can draw on solutions from the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to help world leaders implement immediate strategic action and meet their long-term vision for SDGs.

On World Accreditation Day, we applaud the work of accredited bodies in over 90 countries that aim to reduce technical barriers, decrease costs on businesses and give consumers confidence.

SCC’s collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) helps to establish thousands of international standards and globally-recognized guidelines and frameworks that are developed based on consensus and international collaboration.

With numerous standards corresponding to each of the SDGs, ISO is committed to supporting the long-term vision for securing our world’s sustainability.

“With ISO standards, we can contribute to making the 2030 Agenda a reality, so no one is left behind,” said ISO Secretary-General Sergio Mujica, who has also emphasized the value of standards during his 2019 visit to Canada.

Unexpected world events, such as the pandemic, tested global efforts to achieve SDGs and elevated the importance of data security, procurement of vaccines and constant evaluation of supply chains. The global leadership of IAF, ILAC and Canadian-backed accreditation programs and services preserved the integrity of supply chains across industries and helped ensure SDGs are on track.

SCC retooled its accreditation services business so Canadian companies could continue to obtain the certifications they needed to perform and compete. Without standards and conformity assessment, industry would have taken much longer to either readjust production lines or meet the demand for personal protective equipment.

“We at SCC are proud to contribute to changing the world through the standardization system,” said Chantal Guay, SCC CEO. “We believe in the value of ‘accredited once, accepted everywhere.’ IAF and ILAC’s global initiatives to recognize equivalence and competency of regulators throughout the global infrastructure streamlines the value chain and safeguards the prosperity of businesses and countries.”

Standardization has a clear role to play in helping businesses better understand the SDGs. Standards translate these goals into a business context and encourage meaningful strategies.

“Accreditation provides confidence in the quality of everything we encounter in our daily lives – from the food we eat, to medical devices we use, to emerging technologies we develop. By supporting the implementation of SDGs, SCC unlocks collaboration and creates partnerships for prosperity,” said Elias Rafoul, VP Accreditation Services Branch at SCC.

Our accreditation services team offers many new and exciting programs. SCC is committed to developing new programs and initiatives that align directly with SDGs, such as these examples to name a few:

SDG No. 2: Zero Hunger
SDG No. 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
SDG No. 13: Climate Action

SCC recently held a webinar to explore how accredited conformity assessment benefits Canada’s trading relationship with the UK. Into the future with confidence provided insights on broader social and economic importance of conformity assessment and assurances the international system provides.

Learn more about our programs and our assessor opportunities, and how SCC’s collaboration with other countries can lead to greater prosperity.