Canadian Quality Assurance Standards
The Council of Canadian quality assurance standards (SCC), a federal Crown organization mandated to promote the country's voluntary national standards system, takes its direction from the quality management principles found in ISO 9001:2000. The Canadian quality control standards do not provide conformity assessments, rather, they accredit product and service certification bodies that conduct third-party assessments. Health Canada, the country's federal regulator for food and health products, reviews and approves medicines, medical devices, blood, biologics, and other related products before they enter the Canadian market. The Canadian QA standards are meant to support regulatory policies, ensure the safety of consumer products sold in the country, and help Canadian companies increase their competitiveness.