Archived — Notice No. SMSE-008-99

Telecommunications and Radiocommunication Acts

Notice No. SMSE-008-99— Procedures for the Designation and Accreditation of Testing Laboratories by Industry Canada

Notice is hereby given that Industry Canada is releasing the Procedure for the Designation of Testing Laboratories by Industry Canada and the Procedure for the Accreditation of Testing Laboratories by Industry Canada. Designation is the process by which Industry Canada accepts an accredited testing laboratory as competent to test to Canadian or foreign requirements. Accreditation is the procedure by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition that a testing laboratory or person is competent to carry out specific testing.

These two procedures will become effective on June 1, 1999. At that time, the existing procedure entitled, Procedure for the Approval of Testing Facilities by Industry Canada in Accordance with the Provision of the Terminal Attachment Program and Interim Procedure for the Designation of Testing Laboratories by Industry Canada will be revoked. These new procedures are required to enable designation and accreditation by Industry Canada of Canadian testing laboratories to Canadian and foreign requirements. Under the Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA's) Canada has with the European Union, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies and Switzerland, Canadian testing laboratories designated and accredited by Industry Canada using these procedures will be able to seek recognition from these countries to test to their requirements. These procedures are applicable to the telecommunications equipment, radio equipment and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) sectoral annexes of these MRAs.

In order to submit test reports to Industry Canada or a foreign authority, a Canadian testing laboratory must first be accredited for a specific scope of competence by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) or by Industry Canada in accordance with ISO/IEC Guide 25: 1990, General requirements for the competence of calibration and testing laboratories. Subsequent designation by Industry Canada completes the process. Foreign testing laboratories which by agreement require Canadian approval will also be subject to these procedures.

Canadian and foreign testing laboratories that have already been approved under the revoked approval procedure to perform compliance testing to Canadian requirements as of June 1, 1999 will retain their approval status until June 1, 2000. After this date, these testing laboratories will be required to be accredited in accordance with ISO/IEC Guide 25 and designated by Industry Canada. During the period from June 1, 1999 to June 1, 2000, new or existing testing laboratories wishing to expand the scope of their current approval must apply for accreditation and designation for both the current and expanded scope using the new procedures, except as otherwise specified in an MRA.

The procedures mentioned above are available electronically on the Internet at the following World Wide Web address: http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum (see "Official Publications", then "Conformity Assessment Procedures") or can be obtained in hard copy, for a fee from:

Organization:
Tyrell Press Ltd.
Address:
2714 Fenton Road, Gloucester, Ontario K1T 3T7 Canada
toll-free telephone: 
1-800-267-4862
United States toll-free telephone: 
1-800-574-0137
Worldwide telephone: 
613-822-0740
Facsimile: 
613-822-1089

and

Organization:
Canada Communications Group
Address:
45 Sacré-CoeurBoulevard Hull, Quebec K1A 0S7 Canada
toll-free telephone:
 1_888_562_5561
Canada toll-free facsimile: 
1-800-565-7757
Worldwide telephone:
 819-779-4335
Worldwide facsimile:
 819-779-2833

Interested parties may submit comments or questions concerning these procedures to the Chairman of the Terminal Attachment Programme Advisory Committee (TAPAC), 300 Slater Street, Suite 1302A, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8, or at the Internet address kwan.andy@ic.gc.ca within 60 days of the date of publication of this Notice. All representations must cite the Canada Gazette Part I Notice publication date, title, and the notice reference number.

All written comments received in response to this Notice will be available for public viewing during normal business hours at the Industry Canada Library, 235 Queen Street, West Tower, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, and at the regional offices of Industry Canada in Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver for a period of one year from the date of receipt of those comments.

R.W. McCaughern
Director General
Spectrum Engineering Branch

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