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SCC seeks solutions to duplication


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August 7, 2013

According to recent reports by the Canadian plumbing/heating and electrical sectors, an excess of $3.2 billion is spent by manufacturers on duplicate testing and certification to meet the different standards that govern many of their products sold one side or the other of the Canada/U.S. border. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is currently considering different approaches to address this concern. To harmonize product standards before exportation, every issue and concern must be addressed. Ralph Suppa, president and general manager of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) recognises that tackling this issue is not a simple task. “It will require a lot of discussion from all sides to reduce these barriers. But we all seem to agree that unnecessary duplication exists and should be addressed,” said Suppa.