Remaining True In Our Focus
For nearly a century, we have helped deliver confidence and peace of mind to manufacturers, retailers, and consumers around the world. From our early beginnings developing standards for railway bridges to today’s latest sustainability technologies, we’re continuously developing innovative standards and testing programs for the most advanced emerging technologies.
CSA Group milestones
Established as the Canadian Engineering Standards Association (CESA).
CESA publishes its first standard, Specification for Steel Railway Bridges.
1940 – 1950
CESA becomes the official certification agency for all electrical equipment intended for sale or installation in Canada.
CESA changes its name to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to better reflect the breadth of its work.
CSA certification mark, currently applied on products globally, is established.
CSA becomes a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) based in Geneva.
1971 – 1980
Work begins on standards that evolve to become the foundation of the ISO 9000 series of quality management standards implemented by organizations around the world.
1991 – 2000
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration accredits CSA as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
2001 – 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy authorizes CSA services for energy efficiency verification testing and CSA receives accreditation to conduct verification for new ENERGY STAR® requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
CSA expands global operation in Germany and Switzerland and expands Asian operations to include new labs in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou China.
CSA aligns all of its products and services under the CSA Group brand with a new logo and tagline to better reflect the organization’s presence as a leader in the global marketplace.
Today, CSA Group provides services to businesses, industries and consumers worldwide. We work in more than 50 areas of technology, including new technologies such as electric vehicles, alternative fuels, nano materials, wind and solar energy and fuel cells. Our mission is as relevant today as it was nearly 100 years ago: Advancing Today, Anticipating Tomorrow.