Notice 2015-DRS002

Amendments to Declaration of Conformity DC-01 and Procedure for Conformity Assessment Bodies CB-02

The purpose of this Notice is to announce that the following documents will be modified to reflect the amendments to the Telecommunications Act that will come into force on September 30, 2015:

  • Declaration of Conformity DC-01, Issue 5, Amendment 1, Procedure for Declaration of Conformity and Registration of Terminal Equipment; and
  • Conformity Assessment Body Procedure CB-02, Issue 6, Amendment 1, Recognition Criteria, and Administrative and Operational Requirements Applicable to Certification Bodies (CB) for the Certification of Radio Apparatus to Industry Canada's Standards and Specifications.

These documents will be available on the Department’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site on October 1, 2015.

General information

Changes to the documents above will reflect the amendments made to the Telecommunications Act (“the Act”) that will come into force on September 30, 2015, and relate to the way in which technical specifications are enforced with regards to telecommunications apparatus.

Under the Act, the Minister will continue to set technical specifications for telecommunications apparatus (such as telephones, digital subscriber line equipment and modems). However, all references to technical acceptance certificates will be removed from the Act and replaced with a registration requirement.

The Telecommunications Apparatus Register (TAR) is a new tool that will be managed by Industry Canada and list telecommunications apparatus that meet the technical specifications and can therefore be legally distributed, leased, imported into and sold in Canada. The Minister will require that all telecommunications apparatus that are subject to technical specifications or markings be registered in accordance with the amended provisions. Equipment currently listed on the Terminal Equipment List (TEL) will be recognized as being registered under the Act and will be listed on the TAR as of September 30, 2015. After that date, the TEL will no longer be used and all telecommunications apparatus will have to meet the applicable requirements to be listed on the TAR.

Part IV.1 of the Act will continue to require that all telecommunications apparatus meet technical specifications and marking requirements before they can be distributed, leased, imported into or sold in Canada.

The relevant amendments to the Act that will come into force on September 30, 2015, are listed under section 196, subsections 197(1), (2) and (4) and section 198 of the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2. (http:\\laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/annualstatutes/2014_39/) .

Enquiries

Should you have any questions regarding these amendments please use the General Inquiry form.

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