The Laboratory is a Canadian federal Non Profit organization founded to promote the conformity and interoperability of digital ID solutions and components. It aims to promote the adoption of user-centric digital identity solutions by pursuing the following outcomes in collaboration with Laboratory clients and stakeholders:
Therefore the scope of the approved activities for the Laboratory includes:
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In order to preserve its role as a trusted and neutral third party in the digital ID ecosystem, it is important for the Lab to not engage in commercial activities that would endanger its ability to fulfil its role.
At issue in this policy are commercial activities for which the Laboratory shall not engage in and other commercial activities for which Management may engage in provided it obtains prior authorization from the Board of Directors.
The objective of this policy is to describe prohibited commercial activities and commercial activities requiring prior permission from the Board of Directors.
This policy is adopted under the authority of the Board of Directors of the Laboratory and applies to the provision of services by Laboratory staff including Laboratory sub-contractors.
Prohibited commercial activities. The Laboratory shall not:
Third-Party Service Provider. By exception to the previous prohibition and in situations when a RFP requests that a bidder obtain third-party certifications, validations as part of the deliverable, or hosting a reference implementation, the Laboratory may participate, but only if all the following conditions are met:
Peripheral activities. In situations where a public or private sector organization approaches the Laboratory and requests the Laboratory to offer or complete peripheral activities, an ordinary resolution of the Board of Directors shall be obtained before the execution of any Agreement to that effect. A peripheral activity is an activity not prohibited under this policy that falls outside the scope of the Laboratory activities listed under the “Context” section at page 1 of this policy. The Directors representing the private sector category of members shall abstain from voting on this resolution. For the purpose of this provision, a “peripheral commercial activity” is an activity that does not fall in the scope of “Laboratory Activities” as listed under the “Context” section at page 1 of this policy.
1 Current operational planning aims to have the Laboratory certified ISO 17065 (Conformity assessments – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services) by the Canada Standards Council by the end of 2021.
2 The “Pan-Canadian Trust Framework” and “PCTF” terms are trademarks owned by DIACC.
3 The “primary development” occurring at the Laboratory shall be the development of the Laboratory Sandbox Management Platform used by Lab to service Sandbox Sponsors and Lab Subscribers. For greater clarity, “development” excludes experimentations where the Lab may facilitate or conduct use case experiments involving existing digital ID technology, solutions and components.