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The BNQ in brief

Created in 1961, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) is mandated by the government to oversee standardization in Quebec. It designs and applies solutions based on standards, sources of innovation and trust in every industry.

As the administrative hand of the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ), the BNQ is organized around four business sectors: standardization, certification, laboratory assessment and other services. Dedicated to the economic and social advancement of Quebec, it identifies needs, develops normative strategies and the pertinent standards, sets up certification programs and acts as Quebec’s voice on the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

The BNQ’s development is supported, in part, by the funding allocated to the CRIQ. The BNQ is also funded with the amounts received in consideration of the services it offers.

The BNQ is accredited by the SCC for the development of standards and for certification. These international calibre accreditations guarantee that the BNQ’s procedures and methods comply with the rules established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The BNQ is a key player in Quebec’s economy and society. Its actions have a direct impact on the development of industries, workplaces and individuals. In other words, doing business with the BNQ means building on progress in every sphere of society.