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The BNQ is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for standards development and certification. These international calibre certifications guarantee that BNQ’s procedures and methods are consistent with the rules set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The BNQ is recognized well beyond Québec’s borders. Some of the standards that it has developed are the first in the world. Examples of these include the Healthy Enterprise and the Work-Life Balance standards. In addition, BNQ experts are recruited to sit on numerous international boards, including the ISO and AFNOR, our French counterpart. The following is a list of our main interventions on the international stage:

Association RNF (Réseau Normalisation et Francophonie)

The Association RNF has more than 80 members in 27 countries in Europe, Africa and North America. Its main mission is to use different means to strengthen the capacity of National Standards Bodies (NSBs) and other players concerned with infrastructure quality that rely on standards as development tools.

Its main objective is to strengthen the participation and influence of Francophones in standardization and quality control activities in the broader sense, in order to foster the economic, technical and social development of its members and of the Francophonie économique.

The Association RNF was initially created by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), the Association française de normalisation (AFNOR), the Standards Council of Canada and the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD), a subsidiary arm of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

Essentially open to all Francophone countries, whether or not they are members of the ISO and the OIF, the Association RNF works in close collaboration with the operators and arms of the Francophonie, that is to say the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF), the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD) and the Association internationale des maires francophones (AIMF). It regularly participates in the activities of the ISO, DEVCO and Union internationale des ingénieurs et scientifiques utilisant la langue française (UISF) development committees. Numerous national, regional and international partners (Francophone associations and networks, organizations, communities, development organizations and experts) also support its activities.

The Association RNF relies on a very light international management structure that includes the secrétariat général, which is established in Québec City with representatives of North American, European and African colleges.

Marie-Claude Drouin is the general administrative secretary ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Consult the Association RNF Web site.

BNQ international activities on the ISO/TC 197 Hydrogen Technologies committee

The BNQ provides secretariat services to the ISO/TC 197 international technical committee. The ISO/TC 197 is a technical committee of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) that is responsible for the work related to hydrogen technologies. The statement regarding the ISO/TC 197 field of work reads as follows: “Standardization in the field of systems and devices for the production, storage, transport, measurement and use of hydrogen.” Consult Work programme. Jim Ferrero ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) serves as the secretary of this technical committee, which is chaired by Dr. Andrei Tchouvelev of A.V. Tchouvelev & Associates. In addition to providing secretariat services to the ISO/TC 197 international technical committee, the BNQ coordinates the activities of the CCC/ISO/TC 197 Canadian advisory committee. This committee is responsible for determining Canada’s priorities, and for making recommendations on the directions for international standardization in the field of hydrogen technologies. Jim Ferrero is also responsible for coordinating the activities of the CCC/ISO/TC 197.

Activités internationales du BNQ au sein du comité ISO/TC 34/WG8 Sécurité alimentaire

The BNQ is a member of the ISO/TC34/WG8 international working group on food safety management systems and its corresponding Canadian advisory committees, CAC/ISO/TC 34 (Food Products) and CAC/ISO/TC 34/WG 8 (Food Safety).

These groups are currently working on developing the ISO/CD 22 000 Food Safety Management Systems – Requirements for Organizations Throughout the Food Chain.

This standard specifies the requirements for enabling an organization to plan, implement, coordinate and update a food safety management system for foods that will be used in the composition of finished products that, in accordance with the intended use, guarantees the safety of the products consumed by the public.

BNQ international activities – CCN CPC/ISO/TC 261 parallel committee administration – Additive Manufacturing

The role of this parallel committee is to establish the Canadian positions on the issues and proposals stemming from the ISO/TC 261 international technical committee on additive manufacturing. The Standards Council of Canada has entrusted the BNQ with the administration of this committee, which is chaired by François Richard, who is responsible for implementing additive manufacturing activities at Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Daniel Langlais ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is the BNQ representative on this committee.