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Importance of Standards

Standards are everywhere. Without standards our society would not function.

A standard is a document established by consensus that provides rules, guidelines or characteristics for products, services and systems. Thanks to standards, simple things we take for granted, from traffic signals to units of measurement, are the same everywhere.

Standards are essential in helping ensure public safety and confidence. They reduce costs, improve quality and market products and services. ULC tests many products and their components to assure that each and every one of them meets their safety requirements. Because of these safety standards, the public can live and work in a safer, sustainable and a more reliable environment.

ULC Standards is accredited as a Standards Development Organization by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), a federal Crown corporation that oversees Canada’s National Standards System. In Canada, standards are developed through consensus by balanced committees of stakeholders, and subjected to public review, prior to publication.