Contrary to popular belief, FCC certification for the US market is not equivalent to marketing approval in Canada. For the Canadian market an approval of the authority ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) is necessary.
Without such certification, market access for Canada for manufacturers of products with radio technologies is excluded. After the official certification of the device by the ISED, the approval is permanently valid. Therefore, recertification is not necessary if the device remains unchanged. In addition, recertification is possible under certain circumstances if the device is slightly modified, so that the test effort is reduced in this case.
The test scope for the ISED approval is based entirely on national specifications, which do not necessarily have to be carried out by local laboratories. A local contact person is required for the approval process and manufacturers should allow for an approval period of one to two weeks. Certification is carried out by a Foreign Certification Body (FCB), which evaluates the test reports and issues an approval.
An FCB has the power to submit and assess an application for approval of a product on behalf of ISED. Accordingly, an FCB is, analogous to the TCB in the USA, a certification body that approves certifiable equipment according to the accreditation scope and issues technical acceptance certificates.
The ISED certification label is a word mark consisting of the Company Number (CN) and the Unique Product Number (UPN). While the manufacturer chooses the UPN himself, the CN is specified by the Canadian authority. The ISED label must be visibly affixed to the product and possibly also to the packaging. Alternatively, the label can also be displayed electronically. In this case, however, special requirements must be met, which are explained in the RSP 100 – “Certification of Radio Apparatus”.
Within the scope of the certification process it is also mandatory to define a product designation or the so-called “Hardware Version Identification Number (HVIN)”. Each approved product is only published in connection with a marketing name or the so-called “Product Marketing Name (PMN)”.
We offer our customers all services for a registration for the Canadian market. As an ISO 17025 accredited and ISED recognized laboratory, we perform measurements for ISED certification in our laboratories.
Our Foreign Certification Body handles the certification process and the final coordination with the authority and local representative. Throughout the entire testing and certification process, we take care of the project handling for you, thus ensuring an efficient approval process and a quick admission to the Canadian market.