1. Project Initiator, i.e., THC/THSC Secretary Pro Tem or Chairman Pro Tem, is responsible for downloading the Project Harmonization Request Form (PHR) and filling it out in accordance with the instruction provided. The use of the PHR form ensures compliance with published CANENA Standardization Procedures and the Procedures for Harmonizing ANCE/CSA/UL Standards.  Unless otherwise notified with the PHR form, the relevant SDOs in Mexico, Canada and the USA are: ANCE, CSA, and UL, respectively.

These three SDOs will typically look for in country industry commitment to the project. According to their published harmonization procedures, the preferred source for evidence of industry commitment is the predominant industry trade associations. An official letter of commitment from the relevant industry in each “participating country” should accompany the PHR form.

Once completed, the PHR form is sent electronically as a Microsoft Word document to the CANENA Secretary General.

Most CANENA projects are industry initiated.Project initiator should have lined up industry support in each country prior to project initiation. The primary industry trade association designee must be informed.
2. CANENA Secretary General records the PHR form on the CANENA website and responds to the Project Initiator that the PHR form was received and that it will be reviewed for completeness.  Any issues identified with the PHR form are to be resolved by the Project Initiator.  Once satisfied with the PHR form completeness, the General Secretary forwards it to designated SDO contact in each invited country and to the predominant trade associations (e.g., NEMA, EFC and CANAME), marking the start of a 60 day period for the SDOs and national industry associations (Parties) to consider the project request. 

An SDO may request an extension beyond the 60 day period to the CANENA Secretary General.  Request will be communicated to the other SDOs and national industry associations allowing each an opportunity to change their vote.

3. Each SDO confirms back to the CANENA Secretary General, their commitment to support the PHR form according to CANENA Harmonization Procedures and the Procedures for Harmonizing ANCE and/or CSA and/or UL Standards. The confirmation is notated on the PHR form and sent to the CANENA Secretary General, to include the name(s) of the SDO representative(s) that will be part of the THC/THSC.

National industry from the relevant industry sector in each “participating country” confirms to the CANENA Secretary General their commitment to support the PHR by submitting an official letter of commitment electronically.

Any questions related to the project should be directed to the individual that initiated the PHR. If industry confirmation is found lacking, the project initiator should be asked to assist in the confirmation process.
4. An SDO from another country may respond to the CANENA Secretary General indicating their interest in participating in the project. This response will include the name(s) of the SDO representative(s) and known industry representative(s) that will be part of the THC/THSC. Any special circumstances of participation will also be indicated.An example of “special circumstances” might be, by correspondence only.
5. Upon receipt of all expected confirmations, the CANENA Secretary General will assess that all requirements of the CANENA Harmonization Procedures and the Procedures for Harmonizing ANCE and/or CSA and/or UL Standards have been met. If yes, he will authorize the project and establish the new project on the CANENA database. Revisions to the CANENA Committee Directory at www.canena.org will also be made. The project initiator will be advised immediately.

If no, any discrepancies will be reported to the project initiator.

If any conflicts or concerns are raised during the project approval process, the CANENA Executive Committee retains final approval authority.

The CANENA Executive Committee will be briefed with a summary of new project requests and approvals at its regular meetings.

The CANENA Executive Committee has delegate approval authority to the CANENA Secretary General through objective evaluation according to the CANENA Harmonization Procedures and the Procedures for Harmonizing ANCE and/or CSA and/or UL Standards.

CANENA Project Harmonization Request Form