Posted on March 15, 2018
This document specifies the procedure for Canadian testing laboratories to be:
- recognized by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to test to Canadian requirements for telecommunications terminal equipment, radio apparatus and broadcasting to ISED's specifications and standards
- designated by ISED to test telecommunications equipment, information technology equipment and radio apparatus (including testing for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)), as applicable under the terms of the relevant Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRAs), to the requirements of foreign regulatory authorities
This procedure has been updated to consider the new requirements for wireless device testing laboratories.
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. Comments and suggestions for improving this procedure may be submitted online using the Standard Change Request form.
Copies of this document are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website.
Issued under the authority
of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch
This document specifies the procedure applicable to Canadian testing laboratories for:
- recognition by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to test to Canadian requirements for telecommunications terminal equipment, radio apparatus and broadcasting
- designation by ISED to test telecommunications equipment, information technology equipment and radio apparatus (including testing for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)), as applicable under the terms of the relevant Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRAs), to the requirements of foreign regulatory authorities. Designation is a prerequisite to recognition by a foreign regulatory authority
Accreditation: a procedure by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition that a body or person is competent to carry out specific tasks.
Bureau: ISED's Certification and Engineering Bureau (CEB).
Certification: is the conformity assessment scheme used for Category I radio and broadcasting equipment.
Certification body (CB): a recognized independent organization which conducts certification of radiocommunication equipment to Canadian regulatory requirements.
Conformity assessment: a systematic examination to determine the extent to which a product, process or service fulfils specified requirements.
Conformity assessment body (CAB): a body engaged in the performance of procedures for determining whether the relevant requirements in technical regulations or standards are fulfilled.
Declaration of Conformity (DoC): is the conformity assessment scheme used for telecommunications apparatus that connect directly to the public switched telephone network.
Department: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
Designating authority (DA): 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 acceptance of a designated conformity assessment body by a regulatory authority.
Recognized accreditation organizations: accreditation organizations that have been appointed by ISED [by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) or a Mutual Recognition Agreement/Arrangement (MRA) partner as competent to perform accreditation].
Regulatory authority: a government agency or other entity with the power to regulate the use or sale of products within its jurisdiction.
Testing laboratory: responsible to determine the applicable test procedures and to properly test to those requirements.
3. Related documents
The following documents, as well as other information, can be found on ISED's Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website.
CS-03 — Compliance Specification for Terminal Equipment, Terminal Systems, Network Protection Devices, Connection Arrangements and Hearing Aids Compatibility (Technical Specifications List – Parts I to VIII, prescribe network protection and other mandatory technical requirements for terminal equipment.)
4. General conditions
Canadian testing laboratories designated for testing to Canadian requirements under the latest DES-LAB are considered to be recognized testing laboratories for the purpose of paragraph 1(a) above.
The scope of designation or recognition is limited to the scope of accreditation of the testing laboratory.
Terminal equipment with radio apparatus capabilities must comply with and not be limited to terminal equipment regulations. Testing laboratories shall comply with the applicable technical competence requirements of DC-01, Procedure for Declaration of Conformity and Registration of Terminal Equipment.
5. Criteria for recognition
In order to be recognized by ISED all testing laboratories subject to Declaration of Conformity (DoC) or Certification must:
- be accredited to latest ISO/IEC 17025:2017 or ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (valid until November 30, 2020), General requirements for the competence of calibration and testing laboratories by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) or by an ISED-appointed accreditation body listed on the Conformity Assessment Bodies webpage
- be legally identifiable and located in Canada
- include, in the scope of designation, a list of Canadian standards, specifications, or parts thereof, for which recognition is sought as per section 6 (this list shall be included in the scope of accreditation of the testing laboratory)
- a copy of the ISED's Testing Laboratory Technical Assessment Checklist
6. Scope of accreditation for Canada
Testing laboratories can be recognized to test to the following scope of accreditation for Canada:
- RSS-Gen and any RSS
- RSS-102, Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Compliance of Radiocommunication Apparatus (All Frequency Bands) (SAR or specific absorption rate), RSS-102 (RF Exposure Evaluation ) and/or RSS-102 (NS or nerve stimulation)
- RSS-247, Digital Transmission Systems (DTSs), Frequency Hopping Systems (FHSs) and Licence-Exempt Local Area Network (LE-LAN) Devices (with DFS or without DFS)
- CS-03 Parts
Testing laboratories may submit a request for a partial scope of accreditation for a technical standard by using the General Inquiry form. The request must include a justification as to why the technical standard needs to be split. ISED will respond to the testing laboratory after it completes its assessment.
7. Designation Procedure
The applicant seeking designation shall apply by using the online Application for Designation or Recognition of a Canadian Testing Laboratory form. In completing the application form, the applicant shall list the standards or specifications for which designation or recognition is sought and submit the following documentation:
- a signed covering letter, indicating that the applicant
- meets all requirements of the latest issue of this DES-LAB procedure
- will provide information and access to records, personnel and facilities to verify continuing compliance
- will inform ISED's Certification Engineering Bureau (CEB) of any changes to accreditation status and/or scope
- a copy of the accreditation certificate proving that the testing laboratory has been accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 or ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (valid until November 30, 2020)
- a copy of the scope of accreditation based on the requirements of the foreign country
It is important that the information submitted by the applicant match the ISO/IEC 17025 Certificate and Scope of Accreditation and that the accreditation be valid at the time of application.
The application will be evaluated by ISED on a first-come, first-served basis.If the application for designation to foreign requirements is approved, ISED will notify
the appropriate foreign regulatory authority of the designation so that recognition of the testing laboratory can take place.
If additional information is required to make a decision, departmental officials will contact the testing laboratory.
Upon recognition by ISED or a foreign regulatory authority, ISED will issue a letter confirming that the laboratory has been recognized. The confirmation letter will state the standards or specifications for which recognition has been granted. The recognized testing laboratory will be added to the list of recognized testing laboratories.
All documents submitted to ISED in support of a testing laboratory designation or recognition will be retained, in accordance with section 10 of this document.
8. Test reports
All test reports shall be generated by the testing laboratory that tested the device. Testing is required to be performed by ISED recognized testing laboratories.
A device must be tested at an ISED-recognized test laboratory. It is not acceptable for an ISED-recognized test laboratory to simply review a test report based on a non-recognized test laboratory assessment; all testing must be completed at the recognized test facility.
If a test laboratory wishes to subcontract part of the testing to another laboratory, the subcontracted laboratory must also be recognized by ISED.
For each test performed, the test report shall specify the location where each test was performed, and the person(s) responsible for each test.
9. List of accredited testing laboratories
A list of recognized accredited testing laboratories can be found on the Conformity Assessment Bodies webpage.
10. Disclosure of information
Canadian testing laboratories shall indicate which information and documents provided in support of an application for recognition or designation are confidential. The provisions of the Access to Information Act apply.
ISED will not disclose the status of applications for designation or recognition, or applications for change of scope to any third party until the process is completed.
The designation or recognition of a testing laboratory by ISED does not imply or otherwise suggest approval of a product, or that the designated testing laboratory is an agent or representative of ISED.
ISED does not accept any responsibility for the effects or consequences of services provided by the recognized testing laboratory on users of such services.
12. Retaining designation or recognition
Designated or recognized testing laboratories shall maintain their accreditation status. ISED requires designated or recognized testing laboratories to provide evidence of their accreditation status and scope upon request.
Designated or recognized testing laboratories shall inform ISED, in writing, of any changes that may affect their continued compliance with this procedure and ability to carry out the activities for which they were designated or recognized. This includes changes in:
- business address and contact information
- accreditation scope and status or
- subsequent reassessments
A testing laboratory shall not advertise its designation or recognition status for testing activities that are outside of the scope of its designation or recognition.
13. Suspension or withdrawal of designation or recognition
When a recognized testing laboratory is the subject of an investigation for non-compliance with this procedure, or in situations where a formal review process exists, such as in MRAs (through a joint committee), a recognition suspension may be issued to the testing laboratory until the formal review process is completed. The testing laboratory is required to take immediate corrective action to ISED's satisfaction. Where it is found that a recognized testing laboratory does not comply with the requirements of this procedure, the recognition may be withdrawn. Such action will, however, take place only after a comprehensive consultation between ISED, the affected testing laboratory and the foreign regulatory authority, as applicable.
If a testing laboratory's recognition is suspended or withdrawn by the foreign regulatory authority, the designation will also be suspended or withdrawn by ISED.
Testing laboratories whose recognition has been suspended or withdrawn will be removed from the list of recognized testing laboratories.
A testing laboratory whose designation or recognition has been suspended or withdrawn shall stop advertising its designation and recognition.
A testing laboratory whose recognition has been suspended or withdrawn may reapply for recognition once the causes leading to the suspension or withdrawal have been eliminated to the satisfaction of ISED and of its designating authority.