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Certification of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)

Having your system registered by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec enhances your company’s credibility on the marketplace.

Enjoy the benefits of an ISO 9001 registration:

  • improved customer confidence; 
  • access to new markets;
  • ability to qualify your company with major work providers.
This program is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. Through a multilateral agreement with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the certificates issued by the BNQ, as a registrar accredited by the SCC, are recognized internationally.

We invite you to consult the Web site of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for more information, including information on:

  • the ISO Standard 9001: 2008, and an introduction and support for implementation (terminology, scope of application, documentation requirements, process approach); 
  • the ISO survey on ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification in the world;
  • advertising your certification.
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IRIS Certification (International Railway Industry Standard)

The IRIS standard was developed by leading international players in the railway industry.  It is based on the ISO 9001 standard and includes rail-specific quality requirements. Thanks to a collaborative agreement signed between AFNOR (l’Association française de normalisation) and the BNQ, Quebec-based companies seeking certification can gain access to local auditing services.

IRIS certified enterprises will benefit from the following advantages:

  • International recognition of IRIS certification;
  • The assurance that requirements and good trade practices in the rail sector are properly integrated into their quality systems;
  • Referencing of certified enterprises in IRIS’ international database serving to supply major contract givers;
  • Reduced audit costs;
  • Possibility of obtaining ISO 9001 and IRIS certification together.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our adviser, Michel Lajoie, at 1-800-386-5114 (ext. 2296) or by email at michel.lajoie@bnq.qc.ca.

You may also click the following link for information on training on this standard offered by the Mouvement québécois de la qualité:
http://www.qualite.qc.ca/publicite/120418.html (only in French).

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ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification

Implementing an environmental management system in your company and looking for certification? When you base your system on the ISO Standard 14001, you benefit from an internationally recognized reference framework that will greatly enhance your process.

By choosing to have your environmental management system registereg by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), there are many benefits, such as:

  • increasing your return on the investment by maximizing the use of your resources while improving your company’s environmental performance;
  • ensuring your investors and thereby accessing new funding sources;
  • reinforcing your positioning on the market and accessing new markets;
  • having in place a structure, resources and the means to enable your environmental performance.

This program is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

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Food Safety Management System Certification HACCP and ISO 22000

You produce, market, distribute or prepare food? You do business in a field related to the food sector, such as the manufacturing of food packing products?

Food safety involving products “from the gate to the plate” is one of your major concerns?

Benefit from the agreement reached between the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) aimed at the development of standards and government recognition of HACCP systems (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points).

Considered one of the most effective tools in the management and control of food-borne risks, the HACCP and ISO 22000 systems are methods with an ever-growing popularity among companies and organizations involved in the food industry.

The BNQ offers establishments that use the HACCP or ISO 22000 approach the possibility of obtaining a certificate attesting to the fact that they satisfy its requirements.

To find out more about the target clientele, the audit referentials used and the registration procedures, please consult the Food Safety Management System Certification Guide (HACCP and ISO 22000).

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Certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)

You want to implement an occupational health and safety management system (OHSAS) and have it officially recognized?

Base your process on the OHSAS Standard 18001, a recognized reference. Get your OHSAS system registered by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec and enjoy the following benefits:

  • more efficient occupational health and safety management, the output of which can translate into a reduction in the number and severity of job-related accidents;
  • the demonstration of an organized and recognized OHS system to satisfy investors, customers and other interested parties;
  • an improvement in the company’s reputation with regard to occupational health and safety;
  • better planning of prevention and emergency response activities, and of performance follow-up;
  • mobilization of the entire company.

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Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Data Verification

Impartiality, competence and diligence are key aspects that reinforce market confidence in the field of auditing. At the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), we have been applying those principles for more than 50 years!

If you contribute to the effort of reducing the impacts of climate change and would require a reliable opinion on the accuracy of your data estimations with regard to either your GHG inventory or GHG project reduction process, we can be of assistance. Our verification statements can also assist you in accessing numerous GHG-related regulatory or voluntary programs and can be used in your dealings on the Carbon Markets.

Since 2004, the BNQ has been performing GHG inventory verifications and assessing GHG reduction projects.  Since the publication in 2006 of the
ISO/IEC  International Standard 14064-3, we have been meeting its verification requirements.

In September 2010, we received our accreditation from the Standards Council of Canada (CCN) as verification body in accordance with the ISO/IEC International Standard14065.  SSC has recognized the expertise of our working team, composed of auditors and experts in multiple fields of economic activities.

We have performed several verifications in domains as varied as the aluminum, plastic or rubber industries as well as in the sectors of agricultural, waste management, transportation and forestry.  We also have the necessary resources to intervene in a multitude of other fields in the manufacturing and services sectors.

Our approach is to work closely with your company’s verification team, and above all, the BNQ is committed to the delivery of professional verification services, respecting the confidentiality of your company’s strategic data.

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Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) System Certification - CSA and SFI programs

CSA and SFI Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) programs lead to sustainable forest management certification through forest-specific standards:

  • CSA Z809-08 Sustainable forest management
  • SFIS 2010-2014 Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard

These SFM programs allow for the implementation of sustainable forestry practices monitored via performance indicators designed to demonstrate viability at the environmental, social, and economic levels.

Both programs are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and are recognized outside the country for meeting the quality requirements of the international PEFC Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes.

Find out more about CSA and ISO 14001: 2004 or SFI and ISO 14001: 2004 environment and SFM integrated system certification, and about the advantages of coupling these standards to the OHSAS 18001: 1999 international occupational health and safety management system.

Contact the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) to have your sustainable forest management system certified and secure all the advantages related to these standards; our auditors perform constructive audits targeting plus value and sustainability.


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Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products Certification - SFI and PEFC programs

The SFI and PEFC programs offer industrialists a wide range of competitive chain of custody (CoC) and labelling systems aiming to inform and reassure customers as to the origin and authenticity of their sustainable forest products.

The SFI program is recognized by the PEFC and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredits those two programs. It is moreover possible to get joint SFI-PEFC certification by integrating the PEFC requirements into the SFI program to obtain joint authorization to use PEFC sustainable forest product labels, which are highly regarded throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Find out more about the possibility of getting certification for CoC integrated systems for forest based products, coupled with any other system in place or being implemented within your organisation. For example:

  • ISO 9001: 2000 Quality management systems – Requirements
  • ISO 14001: 2004 Environmental Management Systems – Specification with guidance for use
  • CSA Z809-08 Sustainable Forest Management
  • SFIS 2010-2014 Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard

Get your CoC certification from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and secure all the advantages related to these standards; our auditors perform constructive audits targeting plus value and sustainability.

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Work-Family Balance (WFB) Certification program


The Work-Family Balance (WFB) certification program applies to any organization, regardless of its type, size or what product or service it offers, seeking to obtain an assessment by the BNQ on the conformity of the WFB organizational practices it has implemented with regard to the requirements of BNQ Standard 9700-820.

The Work-Family Balance (WFB) standard was developed by the BNQ at the request of the Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés. It stems from the Québec government policy “Turning Equality in Law into De Facto Equality”.  It is now possible to obtain a copy of the standard (in English) and details concerning the requirements for the certification program (only in French), free-of-charge by clicking on the document.

The certification process gets underway as follows:

1.    Once a service agreement has been reached, the BNQ assigns a lead auditor who will first review the company’s documentation and then send it an audit plan designed to ensure that an effective audit is conducted;

2.    The BNQ auditor will then go to the company’s premises to gather the evidence needed to demonstrate that the requirements of the standard are fulfilled, then forward, as the case may be, the certification recommendation to the BNQ;

3.    A certificate of conformity, valid for a period of 4 years, will be issued to the company following the review of the information in the file and final approval by the BNQ’s program manager;

4.    An audit will be conducted very two years to ensure maintenance of the conformity of the WFB organizational practices implemented. At the end of the initial 4-year certification cycle, the BNQ will send the CLIENT another service contract to start a new certification cycle.

Any organization wishing to obtain certification may contact the BNQ at any time, by phone at 1-800-386-5114, by email at bnqes@bnq.qc.ca or electronically using the certification application form, for more information on the steps, requirements and costs associated with this program.

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