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Photo of a panel discussion to celebrate World Standards Day

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On October 14, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) welcomed industry experts, government representatives and members of the public to a panel discussion to celebrate World Standards Day and to explore this year's theme: International Standards—Creating confidence globally.

"On World Standards Day this year, we wanted to show how the various components of the standardization network interact collaboratively to ensure consumer confidence on a global scale," said John Walter, SCC Chief Executive Officer. "Thanks to standards, the products that come out of today's complex supply chains are safe to use and function in the way we expect them to work."

World Standards Day began over 40 years ago to celebrate the importance of standards-related activities and to pay tribute to the thousands of individuals who give their time and expertise to this important work. "It is important to recognize the positive effect of standards on the health and safety of Canadians," said Mr. Walter.

Improving the safety of consumer products

The panel discussion featured members from across Canada's standardization network, including Canada's product certification and safety chain, and ranging from federal and provincial regulators, standards developers, accreditors and certifiers, to retailers.

Panellists were asked to focus on consumer electrical products, and they shared their knowledge on ways to improve the safety of those products. They also answered broad questions such as how standards facilitate trade and enhance Canada's reputation, and what challenges retailers face in delivering safe products to their customers.

Norma McCormick, Chair of the International Organization for Standardization's Committee on Consumer Policy, balanced the discussion by presenting the role that the consumer plays in standards development at the international level.

Video of the event, including opening remarks and a tribute to SCC Chairman Hugh Krentz, is available on the SCC website.

About the Standards Council of Canada

The SCC is a Crown corporation and a Portfolio partner of Industry Canada. With the goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social well-being, the SCC offers accreditation services to both standards development bodies and conformity assessment organizations. For additional information on the work of the SCC, visit the SCC website or email

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