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Created in 1961, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) is mandated by the government to oversee standardization in Québec. It designs and applies solutions based on standards, sources of innovation and trust in every industry.

As an administrative unit of Investissement Québec, the BNQ is organized around four business sectors: standards development, certification, laboratory assessment and verification of greenhouse gas emission statements. Dedicated to the economic and social advancement of Québec, it identifies needs, develops normative strategies and the pertinent standards, sets up certification programs and acts as Québec’s voice on the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

The BNQ's development is supported, in part, by funding from the Québec government. The BNQ is also funded with the amounts received in consideration of the services it offers.

The BNQ is accredited by the SCC for the development of standards and for certification. These international calibre accreditations guarantee that the BNQ’s procedures and methods comply with the rules established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The BNQ is a key player in Québec’s economy and society. Its actions have a direct impact on the development of industries, workplaces and individuals. In other words, doing business with the BNQ means building on progress in every sphere of society.

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