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Internationally

The BNQ is a standards and certification body accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). These SCC accreditations are recognized internationally and guarantee that the BNQ’s procedures and methods comply with rules set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Following are our main interventions at the international level:

Association RNF (Réseau Normalisation et Francophonie)

This association was initially created by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), the Association française de normalisation (AFNOR), the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD) as a subsidiary arm of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). The Association RNF groups together more than 80 members present 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.

Mrs. Marie-Claude Drouin ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is the General Administrative Secretary of the Association RNF. Consult the Association RNF website.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Committees

Through its accreditation as a Standards Development Organization (SDO) with the SCC, the BNQ can, on behalf of the SCC, act as the secretariat to ISO committees or coordinate the activities of SCC mirror committees.

SCC mirror committees are technical committees established to facilitate Canada’s participation in ISO’s international standardization activities. The SCC considers the criteria presented in Annex A of CAN-P-7 Canada’s Policy on International Standardization Participation prior to ruling on Canada’s level of participation in ISO committee work.

To be charged with the responsibility of coordinating the work of an SCC mirror committee, the SDO must sign a harmonization agreement with the SCC in conformity with the requirements of document CAN-P-1005 Operation requirements for granting and maintaining SCC/SDO harmonization. The harmonization agreement, which is presented in Annex D of document CAN-P-1005, describes the respective roles of the SCC and the SDO to ensure that SCC mirror committees are managed in conformity with the requirements of document CAN-P-7.

BNQ activities on ISO committees

Hydrogen Technologies (Secretariat et Coordination)

Secretariat services to the ISO/TC 197 international technical committee - Hydrogen Technologies

The BNQ provides secretariat services to the ISO/TC 197. The ISO/TC 197 is a technical committee of the ISO that is responsible for the work related to hydrogen technologies. ISO/TC 197 committee work consists of the standardization in the field of systems and devices for the production, transport, storage, measurement and use of hydrogen.
For more details, consult the ISO/TC 197 committee Web page.

The ISO/TC 197 committee is chaired by Mr. Andrei Tchouvelev of A.V. Tchouvelev & Associates.
Mr. Jim Ferrero of the BNQ ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) serves as the secretary of this technical committee.
 
Coordination of the activities of the Canadian mirror committee ISO/TC 197 (CPC/ISO/TC 197) Hydrogen Technologies

In addition to providing secretariat services to the ISO/TC 197 international technical committee, the SCC entrusted the BNQ with the coordination of the CCC/ISO/TC 197 mirror committee, Hydrogen Technologies. This committee is responsible for determining Canada’s priorities and for making recommendations on the directions for international standardization work in the field of hydrogen technologies.

Mr. Jim Ferrero of the BNQ ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is responsible for coordinating the activities of this mirror committee.

Gas Turbines (Coordination)

Coordination of the activities of the Canadian mirror committee ISO/TC 192 (CPC/ISO/TC 192) Gas Turbines

The SCC entrusted the BNQ with the coordination of the CPC/ISO/TC 192 mirror committee whose role is to establish Canadian positions on issues and proposals stemming from the ISO/TC 192 international technical committee on gas turbines.

ISO/TC 192 committee work consists of the standardization of all aspects of gas turbine design, application, installation, operation and maintenance of gas turbines (including simple turbine cycles, combined cycle systems, definitions, procurement, acceptance, performance, environment [on the gas turbine itself and the external environment]) and methods of test.

For more details, consult the ISO/TC 192 committee Web page.

The committee is chaired by Mr. Éric Cloutier of Siemens Canada.

Designated by the BNQ, Mrs. Sylvie Gingras ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is the committee coordinator.

Additive Manufacturing (Coordination)

Coordination of the activities of the Canadian mirror committee ISO/TC 261 (CPC/ISO/TC 261) Additive Manufacturing

The SCC entrusted the BNQ with the coordination of the CPC/ISO/TC 261 mirror committee whose role is to establish Canadian positions on issues and proposals stemming from the ISO/TC 261 international technical committee on additive manufacturing.

ISO/TC 261 committee work consists of the standardization in the field of additive manufacturing regarding processes, terms and definitions, process chains (materials and software programs), test procedures, quality parameters, supplier agreements and all types of fundamental elements.

For more details, consult the ISO/TC 261 committee Web page.

The committee is chaired by Mr. François Richard, the person responsible for implementing additive manufacturing activities at Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Mr. Daniel Langlais of the BNQ ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is the committee coordinator.

Food Products (Member)

Member of the Canadian mirror committee ISO/TC34 (CPC/ISO/TC 34) Food Products

The BNQ is a member of the CPC/ISO/TC34 mirror committee whose role is to establish Canadian positions on issues and proposals stemming from the ISO/TC 34 Food Products committee.

ISO\TC 34 committee work consists of standardization in the field of human and animal foodstuffs, covering the food chain from primary production to consumption, as well as animal and vegetable propagation materials, in particular, but not limited to, terminology, sampling, methods of test and analysis, product specifications, food and feed safety and quality management and requirements for packaging, storage and transportation.

For more details consult the ISO/TC 34 committee Web page.

Management Systems for Food Safety (Member)

Member of the Canadian mirror committee ISO/TC34/SC17 (CPC/ISO/TC 34/SC17) Management Systems for Food Safety

The BNQ is a member of the CPC/ISO/TC34/SC17 mirror committee whose role is to establish Canadian positions on issues and proposals stemming from the ISO/TC 34/SC17 Management Systems for Food Safety committee.

ISO/TC 34/SC 17 committee work consists of standardization in the field of food safety management systems, covering the food supply chain from primary production to consumption, human and animal foodstuffs, as well as animal and vegetable propagation materials.

One of the standards under the responsibility of the ISO/TC 34/SC 17 committee is standard ISO 22000 Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain.

For more details, consult the ISO/TC 34/SC17 committee Web page.

Plastic Pipes, Fittings and Valves for the Transport of Fluids - Rehabilitation of Pipeline Systems (Member)

Member of the Canadian mirror committee ISO/TC 138/SC 8 (CPC/ISO/TC 138/SC 8) Plastic Pipes, Fittings and Valves for the Transport of Fluids - Rehabilitation of Pipeline Systems

The BNQ is a member of the CPC/ISO/TC 138/SC 8 mirror committee Plastic pipes, fittings and valves for the transport of fluids - Rehabilitation of pipeline systems. The role of this committee is to establish Canadian positions on issues and proposals stemming from Sub-committee 8 of the ISO/TC 138 international technical committee.

ISO/TC 138 committee work consists of the standardization of pipes, fittings, valves and auxiliary equipment intended for the transport of fluids and made from all types of plastic materials, including all types of reinforced plastics. Sub-committee 8 covers the rehabilitation of pipeline systems.

For more details, consult the ISO/TC 138 committee Web page.

Water Quality - Microbiological Methods (Member)

Member of the Canadian mirror committee ISO/TC 147/SC 4 (CPC/ISO/TC 147/SC 4) Water Quality - Microbiological Methods

The BNQ is a member of the CPC/ISO/TC 147/SC 4 mirror committee Water quality - Microbiological methods. The role of this committee is to establish Canadian positions on issues and proposals stemming from Sub-committee 4 of the ISO/TC 147 international technical committee.

ISO/TC 147 committee work consists of the standardization in the field of water quality, including definition of terms, sampling of waters, measurement and reporting of water characteristics, with the exclusion of limits of acceptability for water quality. Sub-committee 4 covers the microbiological methods.

For more details, consult the ISO/TC 147 committee Web page.

Quality Management and Quality Assurance (Member)

Member of the Canadian mirror committee ISO/TC 176 (CPC/ISO/TC 176) Quality Management and Quality Assurance

The BNQ is a member of the CPC/ISO/TC 176 mirror committee whose role is to establish Canadian positions on issues and proposals stemming from the ISO/TC 176 Quality management and quality assurance committee.

ISO/TC 176 committee work consists of the standardization in the field of quality management, including generic quality management systems and supporting technologies. One of the standards under the responsibility of the ISO/TC 176 committee is standard ISO 9001 Quality management systems – Requirements.

For more details, consult the ISO/TC 176 committee Web page.

Energy Management and Energy Savings (Member)

Member of the Canadian mirror committee ISO/TC 301 (CPC/ISO/TC 301) Energy Management and Energy Savings

The BNQ is a member of the CPC/ISO/TC 301 mirror committee whose role is to establish Canadian positions on issues and proposals stemming from the ISO/TC 301 Energy management and energy savings international technical committee.

Among other things, this committee’s work covers standards on different aspects of energy management systems and energy savings. One of these standards is ISO 50001 Energy management systems - Requirements with guidance for use.

For more details, consult the ISO/TC 301 committee Web page.