Archived — Notice No. SMSE-003-00

Telecommunications and Radiocommunication Acts

Notice No. SMSE-003-00 —  Procedures for the Designation and Accreditation of Testing Laboratories by Industry Canada, Issue 2

Notice is hereby given that Industry Canada is releasing Issue 2 of the Procedure for the Designation of Testing Laboratories by Industry Canada and of 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 upon their publication on March 25, 2000. The revisions to these procedures are of an editorial nature and to clarify the process. These procedures are applicable to the telecommunications equipment, radio equipment and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) sectoral annexes of the Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRAs), when testing by accredited testing laboratories is required.

This notice is also a reminder that Canadian and foreign testing laboratories that have already been approved under the revoked Procedure for the Approval of Testing Facilities by Industry Canada in accordance with the provision of the Terminal Attachment Program 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 25:1990 or ISO/IEC 17025:1999, and designated by Industry Canada.

The procedures mentioned above are available electronically on the http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/home (see "Official Publications", "Procedures" and then "Conformity Assessment Procedures") or can be obtained in hard copy, for a fee from:

Interested parties may submit comments or questions concerning this amendment 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 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, 3rd Floor, West Tower, 235 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario and at the regional offices of Industry Canada in Moncton, Montréal, 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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