International Standards Development as a Path to Commercialization (Printed Electronics USA 2015)

Mr Stephen Brown, Director of Technologies
CSA Group


USA 2015 Audio Presentation - CSA Group*

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Presentation Summary

Regulations, Standards, Codes, and technical specifications supporting certification and testing for safety, performance and sustainability are of paramount importance for market penetration and product longevity in the targeted markets. Several factors are at play in leading or exceeding the requirements for commercialization and market acceptance. These factors include regulatory compliance, standardization for safety, third party testing, certification, validation, and risk assessment.
This discussion will explore the following aspects of this complex issue:
Who are the stakeholders?
What is the path way to ensuring effective and sustainable commercialization?
What are some of the on-going considerations for the pre -and - post product launch?
What potentially can happen when standards and certification/ testing are bypassed?

Speaker Biography (Stephen Brown)

Stephen has over 30 years of experience in Technologies . Throughout that period, he has been responsible for standards development, product planning and management, regulatory affairs, international business development, and strategic planning.
In 2012, Stephen was appointed to a new role at CSA Group with a global mandate regarding Emerging Technologies and their "game changing" effects on safety, certification, standards, and international applicability for specific markets. This area includes Smart Grid and Interoperability, Nanotechnologies, Energy Storage, Alternative Energy Vehicles (new/enhanced propulsion systems) and infrastructure.
By identifying new and emerging technologies, Stephen currently leads cross functional global teams to assess and determine potential opportunities through the deployment of market intelligence, insights and business perspectives.
In 2011, Stephen directed the CSA Group input and contributions that were essential in developing the smart grid roadmap for Canada and requirements for North American harmonization.
In 2010, Stephen assumed responsibility for the development of standards for Alternative Energy vehicles in the US and Canada covering fuel cells, electric, hydrogen, Compressed Natural Gas and Liquid Natural Gas.
In 2006, Stephen expanded his role by establishing the standards portfolio for Renewable Energy technology including wind, geothermal, solar thermal, PV, and marine energy.
In 2004, Stephen transitioned to Director, Electrotechnical codes and standards. In this role, he was responsible for more than 2000 standards that are deployed within Canada including over 1000 ICT Standards.
In 2002, Stephen joined the CSA Group as a Director. His initial mandate was to develop the External Affairs function with responsibility for strategic marketing, coordinate business planning and develop external stakeholder relations.
Stephen is married, has two adult children and 4 grandchildren along with 3 cats, and a horse, is an avid reader of 14th-17th century European and Russian history and is a very mediocre golfer

Company Profile (CSA Group)

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CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit member-based association dedicated to advancing safety, sustainability and social good. We are an internationally-accredited standards development and testing & certification organization. We also provide consumer product evaluation and education & training services. Our broad range of knowledge and expertise includes: industrial equipment, plumbing & construction, electro-medical & healthcare, appliances & gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability. The CSA mark appears on billions of products around the world
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