Food safety is a top concern for consumers and regulators around the world. Standards and conformity assessment provide assurance that our food is safe and meets the quality we expect. Standards can also improve agricultural practices by maximizing efficiency, sustainability and innovation.

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Agriculture blockchain

The power of blockchain technology can be harnessed to enable food traceability from farm to fork. This technical specification can help.

National agri-food index

To compete global in the agri-food sector, Canada must demonstrate its strength in agri-food production and supply. A national agri-food index will provide a path forward.


Standardization is necessary when industries blossom rapidly from drivers like new legislation, as was the case in Canada for cannabis. 

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Accreditation and conformity assessment play a vital role by ensuring that standards are applied correctly and consistently. At SCC, we offer a wide range of accreditation programs and training across many conformity assessment areas such as agriculture.


Agriculture Inputs, Food, Animal Health and Plant Protection

Forestry Management Systems – American Tree Farm System

CanadaGAP Food Safety Program

Safe Quality Food Initiative

Food Safety Management Systems

Clean Fuel Regulations (CFR)

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Standards in Action: Building a Climate Resilient Future

Canada’s climate is changing faster than the global average. Our infrastructure can’t keep up with the impacts—floods, wildfires, permafrost thaw, coastal erosion, and other natural disasters are costing billions of dollars per year. If we do not change the way we build infrastructure to ensure it is climate-resilient, it could cost Canada $300 billion over the next decade.

Blockchain brings new level of trust to agriculture

Farmers Edge and Standards Council of Canada unite to establish a framework for agricultural blockchain interoperability, setting the stage for improved global traceability standards. 

Canada at the forefront of exploring biodigital convergence

The merging of digital technologies with biological systems is poised to create social and mass market changes, in the same way that the rise of digital computing in 1985 altered society at large.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers accredited to develop National Standards of Canada

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) can now develop National Standards of Canada as a new standards development organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. 

New guidance from ISO international workshop on safe cannabis production

There has been a surge in demand for medical and recreational cannabis products since Canada federally legalized adult access to recreational cannabis in 2018. In response, the Standards Council of Canada and UL Solutions partnered to help establish guidelines.

SCC promotes quality cannabis testing through lab accreditation program

The legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada has increased demand for laboratory testing of cannabis. This includes tests for levels of cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), as well as tests for microbial contaminants, impurities and mass.

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Browse our database to search for published National Standards of Canada and international standards. You can also search for Other Recognized Documents. Find out where to buy the standards you need.

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