Archived — Notice No. SMSE-027-01

Industry Canada

Notice No. SMSE-027-01

Radiocommunication Act

Notice is hereby given that Industry Canada is adopting a new radio equipment certification number format. This new format will facilitate the implementation of the Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) that Canada has signed. Once these MRAs are implemented, it will be possible for Canadian and Foreign Certification Bodies (False) recognised by Industry Canada to certify radio equipment to Canadian Standards. The new format, which is unique whether equipment is certified under one or more Radio Equipment Standards, also addresses modifications to radio equipment labelling requirements that were requested by the Industry.

The new format is as follows:


Where: - "XXXXXX-YYYYYYYY" is the certification number;

  • "XXXXXX" is the Certificate Holder Number (CHN), made of at most 6 alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9), assigned by Industry Canada; and
  • "YYYYYYYY" is the Unique Product Number (UPN), made of at most 8 alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) assigned by the applicant.

Note 1: The term "IC" before the equipment certification number only signifies that the Industry Canada technical specifications were met.

Note 2: Note 1 shall be conspicuously placed in the equipment user manual.

Note 3: Permitted alphanumeric characters used in the CHN and UPN are limited to capital letters (A-Z) and digits (0-9). Other characters, such as "#", "/" or "-", shall not be used.

Note 4: If asked by the applicant, Industry Canada may assign a UPN.

Note 5: An example of the new format for a company having a CHN equal to "21" and wishing to use a UPN equal to "A3" would thus be (without the quotes): "IC: 21-A3"

The new format will take effect on February 1, 2002 and will only be applicable to equipment certified from this date forward.

The new format replaces the old certification number format referenced in current issues of Radio Standards Specifications (RSS), the Radio Standards Procedures 100 (RSP-100) and referenced in other Industry Canada documents. These various documents will be updated to reflect this new certification number format.

Radio equipment certified before February 1, 2002 under the previous certification format will continue to be considered certified and their labelling and user manual will not require modification.

Any inquiries on this notice should be directed to the Manager, Radio Equipment Standards, telephone: 613-990-4699, fax: 613-990-3158, e-mail:

Electronic copies of RSP-100, the RSS and other Industry Canada documents are available on the Internet, at the following address: (English version) (French version)

Hard copies of these documents are available, 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: 


DLS, St-Joseph Print Group Inc.
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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