Archived — Notice No. SMSE-003-99

Telecommunications and Radiocommunication Acts

Notice No. SMSE-003-99 — Interim Procedure for the Designation of Testing Laboratories by Industry Canada

Notice is hereby given that Industry Canada is releasing the Interim Procedure for the Designation of Testing Laboratories by Industry Canada for public comment. Designation is the process by which Industry Canada accepts an accredited testing laboratory as competent to test to Canadian or foreign requirements. This interim procedure, which comes into effect immediately, is required to enable designation by Industry Canada of Canadian testing laboratories to Canadian and EU requirements. It will allow Canadian testing laboratories seeking approval to test to the European Union's requirements of the Canada-EU multi-sector Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) signed to be designated by Industry Canada and subsequently recognized by the EU. This interim procedure is applicable to the Telecommunications and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) sectoral annexes of that MRA. The existing Procedure for the Approval of Testing Facilities by Industry Canada in Accordance with the Provision of the Terminal Attachment Program for Canadian requirements will remain in effect until it is amended, replaced, or repealed.

During the current Canada-EU MRA "Transition Period" which is intended to build confidence on both sides, each party has agreed to accept test reports from the exporting party's designated testing laboratories that have been approved by the exporting party to the importing party's technical and legislative requirements.

In order to submit test reports, a testing laboratory must be designated by Industry Canada for a specific scope of competence against Canadian or European requirements. For EU requirements, compliance with the requirements of the MRA itself, as well as any rules or procedures established by the joint Canada-EU Committee overseeing the MRA is required. To be designated using the interim designation procedure for Canadian or EU requirements, a testing laboratory must first have been accredited for a specific scope of competence by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) with the agreement of the Department, in accordance with ISO/IEC Guide 25: 1990, General requirements for the competence of calibration and testing laboratories. Accreditation is the process by which an authoritative body, such as the SCC, gives formal recognition that a testing laboratory is competent to carry out testing.

The interim procedure mentioned above is available electronically on the Internet at the World Wide Web address: or in hard copy, for a fee from:

Tyrell Press Ltd.
2714 Fenton Road, Gloucester, Ontario K1T 3T7 Canada
toll-free telephone: 
United States toll-free telephone: 
Worldwide telephone: 


Canada Communications Group
45 Sacré-CoeurBoulevard Hull, Quebec K1A 0S7 Canada
toll-free telephone:
Canada toll-free facsimile: 
Worldwide telephone:
Worldwide facsimile:

R.W. McCaughern
Director General
Spectrum Engineering Branch

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