Without the valuable contribution of members, our work would not be possible.
Serving both the public good and the growth of their own industries, our 9,000 members contribute their time, money and expertise to standards development.
They provide the broad range of technical knowledge, experience and expertise required to develop standards as well as funds to help support standards development.
Through our committee process that seeks to balance vested interests among various stakeholders - the Canadian Standards Association has earned an international reputation for both integrity and technical credibility.
How standards are developed
Anyone can come forward and request a standard. Often it is a consumer organization, trade/industry association or a government department, which has observed a need. We then evaluate the usefulness of a potential standard in meeting the need, and assess the level of support in the community and industry.
The Canadian Standards Association functions as a neutral third party, providing a structure and a forum for developing the standard. Our committees are created using a "balanced matrix" approach, which means that each committee is structured to capitalize on the combined strengths and expertise of its members - with no single group dominating.
The committee considers the views of all participants and develops the details of the standard by a consensus process, which includes the principles of inclusive participation, and respect for diverse interest and transparency. Substantial agreement among committee members, rather than a simple majority of votes, is necessary. When a draft standard has been agreed upon, it is submitted for public review, and amended if necessary.
Our standards are living documents, continually revised and refreshed to address changing requirements and emerging technologies. Each standard is reviewed at least every five years as part of our process of continual improvement.
Out in the world
Our goal is to develop standards that meet the needs of Canadians and are used from coast to coast. On the global front, we work hard to ensure our national interests are advanced and Canadian voices are heard. We participate prominently in international groups and forums that create standards aimed at enhancing trade, and promoting safety and well being. And while CSA continues to develop national standards, our policy is to harmonize them with North American and international requirements wherever it makes sense to do so.