REC-LAB — Procedure for the Recognition of Designated Foreign Testing Laboratories

Issue 5
Posted on June 30, 2016

Foreword

This document describes the criteria and procedure for recognition by the Department of foreign testing laboratories that have been designated by a Mutual Recognition Agreement/Arrangement (MRA) partner to test to Canadian requirements for telecommunications terminal equipment and radio apparatus.

Change:

Annex A — Application for Designation or Recognition of a Canadian Testing Laboratory by Industry Canada has been replaced by a Web form available at the following address: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ceb-bhst.nsf/frm-eng/EABV-A85M9W.

Interested parties are requested to provide their comments within 90 days of the date of publication of this notice using the online General Inquiry form at http://www.ic.gc.ca/res_general. Comments and suggestions for improving this procedure may be submitted online using the Standard Change Request form at http://www.ic.gc.ca/res_change.

Copies of this document are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

Issued under the authority
of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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Martin Proulx
Acting Director General
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch


Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Definitions
  3. Related Documents
  4. General Information
  5. Criteria for Recognition
  6. Procedure
  7. Disclosure of Information
  8. Disclaimer
  9. Retaining Recognition
  10. Suspension or Withdrawal of Recognition

1. Purpose

This document describes the criteria and procedure for recognition by the Department of foreign testing laboratories that have been designated by a Mutual Recognition Agreement/Arrangement (MRA) partner to test to Canadian requirements for telecommunications terminal equipment and radio apparatus.


2. Definitions

Department
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
Bureau
the Department's Certification and Engineering Bureau.
Conformity Assessment Body
a body engaged in the performance of procedures for determining whether the relevant requirements in technical regulations or standards are fulfilled.
Certification Body (CB)
a body which conducts certification.
Designating Authority
a body with authority to designate, monitor, suspend designation, or withdraw designation of Conformity Assessment Bodies under its jurisdiction.
Designation
the nomination by a Designating Authority of a Conformity Assessment Body as competent to perform conformity assessment activities under the terms of an agreement or arrangement.
Recognition
the process by which the Department accepts a designated foreign testing laboratory as competent to test Canadian requirements.
Testing Laboratory
a laboratory that performs tests.

3. Related Documents

The following documents can be found on the Department's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

DES‑LAB
CS-03
Terminal Equipment — Technical Specifications List – Parts I to VIII, prescribe network protection and other mandatory technical requirements for terminal equipment.
CB-02
 
 
RSS-Gen

4. General Information

The Department's documents and other information are also available at the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.


5. Criteria for Recognition

Terminal equipment testing laboratories: In order to be recognized by the Department, testing laboratories shall:

  1. be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 — General Requirements for the Competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories or equivalent; and
  2. be designated by an MRA partner. The scope of designation shall include a list of Canadian standards, specifications, or parts thereof, for which recognition is sought. This list shall be included in the scope of accreditation of the testing laboratory.

Radio apparatus testing laboratories: These laboratories do not have to be recognized to produce test reports of radio apparatus to a Certification Body or to the Department for the purpose of certification. However, if an Open Area Test Site (OATS) is used during testing, the following requirements apply:

OATS documentation shall be forwarded to the Bureau at the following address:

Certification and Engineering Bureau
Attention: Chief of Certification and Engineering Bureau
P.O. Box 11490, Station H
3701 Carling Avenue, Building 94
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  K2H 8S2

E‑mail: ic.certificationbureau-bureauhomologation.ic@canada.ca

Websitehttp://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ceb-bhst.nsf/eng/home

  • b. Test reports will be accepted for certification purpose only after the OATS documentation has been filed with the Bureau.

Interference‑Causing Equipment testing laboratories: Canadian regulations for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) are covered in the Interference‑Causing Equipment Standards (ICES) and refer only to unintentional radiators or radio frequency energy (RF). Testing can be performed by manufacturers or by an outside testing laboratory. No departmental recognition is required in either case.


6. Procedure

The Designating Authority shall provide the standards or specifications for which recognition is sought, along with the following documentation, using the online application at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ceb-bhst.nsf/frm-eng/EABV-A85M9W:

  1. a signed and dated covering letter;
  2. a copy of the accreditation certificate proving that the testing laboratory has been accredited to the latest edition of ISO/IEC 17025; and
  3. a copy of the Scope of Accreditation.

It is important that the information submitted by the applicant matches the ISO/IEC 17025 Certificate and Scope of Accreditation and that the accreditation is valid at the time of application.

The recognition application will be evaluated by the Department on a first‑come, first‑served basis.

Upon recognition, the department will issue a confirmation letter to the foreign Designating Authority. The confirmation letter will state the standards or specifications for which recognition has been granted. The testing laboratory will be added to the list of recognized testing laboratories available on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum.

If the Department requires more information to make a decision, it will contact the foreign Designating Authority.


7. Disclosure of Information

The Department will not disclose the status of applications for recognition to any third party until the recognition process has been completed.


8. Disclaimer

The recognition of a testing laboratory by the Department does not imply or otherwise suggest approval of a product or that the recognized testing laboratory is an agent or representative of the Department.

The Department does not accept any responsibility for the effects or consequences of services provided by the recognized testing laboratory for users of such services.


9. Retaining Recognition

Designating Authorities shall notify the Department, in writing, of any changes that may affect the continued ability of foreign testing laboratories to carry out the activities for which they were recognized. This includes changes in:

  1. business address and contact information;
  2. accreditation scope and status; and/or
  3. subsequent reassessments.

During operation as a recognized testing laboratory, the testing laboratory shall continue to meet the requirements of this document and shall maintain its accreditation status. The testing laboratory shall provide evidence of its accreditation status and scope upon request by the Department.

The testing laboratory will normally be recognized for the duration of its designation.

Testing laboratories shall not advertise their recognition status for certification activities that are outside of the scope of their recognition.


10. Suspension or Withdrawal of Recognition

When a recognized testing laboratory is the subject of an investigation for non‑compliance with this procedure, a recognition suspension may be issued upon consultation with its Designating Authority. The testing laboratory is required to take immediate corrective action to the Department's satisfaction. Where it is found after formal review that a recognized testing laboratory does not comply with the requirements of this procedure, the recognition may be withdrawn. Such action, however, will only take place after a comprehensive consultation between the Department and the Designating Authority.

If a testing laboratory's designation is suspended or withdrawn by the Designating Authority, the recognition will also be suspended or withdrawn by the Department.

A testing laboratory whose recognition has been suspended or withdrawn will be removed from the list of recognized testing laboratories.

A testing laboratory whose recognition has been suspended or withdrawn shall stop advertising its recognition.

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