Accreditation of a standards development organization (SDO) is the formal recognition of their competence to develop standards, and comply with specific accreditation criteria as determined by the accreditor.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has responsibility for co-ordination of the National Standards System (NSS) in Canada and has accredited CSA as one of four nationally accredited SDOs.
To achieve and maintain accreditation, several criteria must be met including:
- Development of consensus standards which adhere to the principles used in Canada governing the consensus process.
- Complying with criteria established for approval of National Standards of Canada.