UL Standards Publishes ISO 10377 (CAN/UL 10377) as a National Adoption of Canada
April 28, 2017: Underwriters Laboratories Inc., is pleased to announce the publication of CAN/UL ISO 10377, Standard for Consumer Product Safety – Guidelines for Suppliers as a National Adoption of Canada.
This important standard provides guidance intended to assist suppliers in managing consumer product safety issues. Specifically, the standard is intended to assist Canadian businesses – particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) – in managing the health risks and safety hazards associated with the multitude of consumer products offered in the marketplace. The guideline was developed in response to the establishment of laws and requirements for suppliers to place only safe products on the market by governments around the world due to the impacts of globalized production and increasing world trade. The Standard provides valuable information for suppliers (which may include manufacturers, importers or retailers) who have responsibilities and obligations regarding consumer product safety.
UL was contracted by the SCC to facilitate the adoption of ISO 10377 as a National Adoption for Canada. ISO 10377 is a guideline to assist suppliers in managing consumer product safety issues. As a National Adoption, stakeholders will be asked to identify specific and necessary national differences (if any) from a Canadian perspective with a particular focus on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to support their needs in identifying, preventing, or responding to real or potential dangers to human health or safety associated with consumer products.
Rather than use a traditional approach for the national adoption process, UL’s work under the contract with SCC involves piloting a virtual approach for the standards development process. The pilot will involve forming a virtual committee to review ISO 10377 and identify national differences for Canada. Although the pilot will use online tools, and communication with affected stakeholders will be virtual, the approach will meet all SCC standards development requirements for a National Adoption of Canada. It will also ensure openness and transparency throughout the consensus process. As part of the pilot, participants, like you, will have the option to review select portions of ISO 10377, or the standard in its entirety, depending on one’s interest or expertise.
At this time we are inviting interested parties to participate in this effort. Our approach will involve direct engagement to identified key stakeholders as well as broad outreach via social media and other online platforms to ensure participation is reflective of all voices and Canadian interests and needs are met.
This International Standard provides practical guidance to suppliers on assessing and managing the safety of consumer products, including effective documentation of risk assessment and risk management to meet applicable requirements.
This International Standard describes how to:
This International Standard is intended to apply to consumer products, but might also be applicable to decisions concerning safety in other product sectors.
Following the preliminary review of the National Adoption of Canada for ISO 10377, UL conducted formal balloting and public review on the draft National Adoption. We hosted a webinar on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to share details about the review and collaboration approach, describe next steps in the process, and answer questions.
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In 2013, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) was accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a Standards Development Organization (SDO) approved to develop National Standards of Canada (NSCs) and National Adoptions of Canada (NACs). UL is pleased to be part of the Canadian standards system and working with stakeholders to meet the needs and interests of Canadians, including through the current project to adopt ISO 10377 as a National Adoption for Canada.