Apply for device approvals under an international agreement

You can apply for device approvals under the United States/Canada Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) or the International Organization of Legal Metrology Certification System (OIML-CS) to reduce overlap in the device approval process.

Note that applications can be submitted under either the United States/Canada MRA or the OIML-CS, not both.

United States/Canada Mutual Recognition Arrangement

Submit the appropriate application to both Measurement Canada and the National Conference on Weights and Measures at the same time to have your device approved in both countries. The device will be tested in the country of your choice, and the test results will be sent to the other country for review. However, if you want to have a dispenser or an electronic register for a dispenser approved in both countries, the device must be tested in Canada.

Eligibility

The following devices can be approved under the arrangement:

Note: See section 5.5.2 of OIML R 76-1 (2006) for examples of software-based devices.

Apply

Submit a type approval application to both Measurement Canada and the National Conference on Weights and Measures.

Approval of scales

Approval of dispensers and electronic registers for dispensers

International Organization of Legal Metrology Certification System

In 2018, the OIML replaced its mutual acceptance arrangement (OIML-MAA) with the OIML-CS. If your device has been approved under the OIML-MAA or OIML-CS, it can be approved in Canada with reduced testing requirements. When you submit your application, you must indicate that you wish to follow one of these systems and submit your OIML certificate.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you have a valid OIML-MAA certificate or an OIML-CS certificate.

For the test results to be accepted under the OIML-MAA, the device must:

For the test results to be accepted under the OIML-CS, the device must:

The conditions for acceptance are listed on the OIML website.

Apply

Check the appropriate program box on the application form and submit your valid OIML-MAA or OIML-CS certificate with your application for type approval. (Because the form has not yet been updated, you will have to select the OIML-MAA box if you wish to apply under the OIML-CS.)

We may still ask you to submit your device to us for evaluation of metrological features and functions after we have received your application for type approval.

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