ISED Certification

The ISED certification is the key for the successful market entry of your products in Canada. With the support of IB-Lenhardt AG your company will reach this goal faster and more secure. You benefit from the many years of experience of our experts and the excellent testing services of our subsidiary IBL-Lab GmbH.
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Canada Market Approval

ISED Marking of your Radio and Telecommunications Products

The letters ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) denote the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Agency in Canada. To access the Canadian market, your radio and telecommunication products need an approval from this agency. You can achieve this demanding goal quickly and cost-effectively with the support of the experts at IB-Lenhardt AG. Benefit from our many years of experience from numerous product certifications for the Canadian market and our comprehensive expertise in the field of radio technology.

The Approval Process for the Canadian Market

Radio equipment in Canada is divided into two categories. For Category I, certification and approval is mandatory. Category II products do not require market approval, but they must be manufactured in accordance with applicable Canadian standards. The manufacturer must have an appropriate inspection certificate prepared, retained and submitted to the agency upon request. Category I products include mobile land transmitters and receivers, Bluetooth and WiFi devices, RFID data storage readout devices, marine, land and coastal transmitters, and locator beacons. Certification is performed by Foreign Certification Bodies (FCBs).

FCBs are accredited by ISED according to the procedure defined in the RSS-Gen. The subsidiary KL-Certification GmbH performs the necessary tasks for IB-Lenhardt AG. As an FCB, it has the authority to test and evaluate your product, certify compliance with the requirements of the RSS-Gen in a Type Acceptance Certificate, and apply for accreditation to ISED in Canada. The agency will then assign an IC number to your product and include it on the Radio Equipment List (REL). Before you can place your product on the Canadian market, all you need to do is label it according to RSS-Gen specifications.

Our Services

With the support of the experts at IB-Lenhardt AG, you can significantly accelerate the approval process for your product on the Canadian market. This is due to our extensive experience from successfully completed projects and our in-depth expertise in radio equipment. During the design and development phase, we provide you with comprehensive advice on the requirements that your specific product must meet in Canada. Preliminary compliance testing saves you from costly modifications later on.

In our accredited testing laboratories, complete testing of all technical properties and functions is carried out, which forms the basis for certification. You can also benefit from assistance with the application process and the correct design of product labeling. Get in touch with our expert staff to get the approval for your product safely on its way.

Background of the ISED Certification

For market approval of your radio and telecommunications products in Canada, the requirements of the radio standard specification RSS-Gen (General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus) must be met. In these requirements, the authority regulates the technical requirements for radio equipment and specifies how compliance must be demonstrated. For example, it describes the measurement methods that must be used for each test. In addition, the RSS-Gen contains specifications for the certification procedure, for the labeling of approved products and for the recognition of notified bodies that are allowed to carry out certification.

The RSS-Gen radio standard specification accesses a number of radio-specific U.S. standards. Therefore, many requirements are consistent with those in the US. However, there are also differences. The staff of IB-Lenhardt AG has the extensive expertise to guarantee a successful market approval for your product in the Canadian market.

Regulatory News from Canada

ISED Updates RSS-139
CanadaCanada2022-10-13
The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in Canada has recently updated Radio Standards Specifications (RSS). »read more
ISED: Public Consultations on RF Exposure and 960 MHz Band
CanadaCanada2022-08-22
On August 16, 2022, the Canadian Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development launched two public consultations aiming at approving a resolution to the following topics: »read more
ISED opens Public Consultation on RSS-236
CanadaCanada2022-03-21
The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in Canada has newly published a draft of the Radio Standards Specification on General Radio Service Equipment Operating in the Band 26.960 MHz to 27.410 MHz (Citizens Band), or RSS-236 / Issue 2. This... »read more
»More regulatory news

Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know about ISED marking

What does the ISED marking mean?

With the Canadian certification mark (Industry Canada IC logo) and the additional information on your product, you show customers that your product has passed the required test and received approval for the Canadian market. The marking is mandatory if you want to sell your product in Canada.

What is the ISED certification process?

You commission a foreign body certified by the Canadian authority (FCB) to carry out the certification procedure and hand over a sample product and the associated technical documentation to it. The FCB examines the documentation for your product, performs the required test, evaluates your product and issues a technical certificate (Type Acceptance Certificate). The FCB then applies for approval from the competent authority in Canada. With the approval, you receive an IC number for your product, which becomes part of the product labeling.

What documents are required when commissioning?

To enable the FCB to evaluate your product, it requires design documents, a functional description, the operating instructions, the block diagram and detailed circuit diagrams. Also include existing test reports from accredited laboratories with the documentation.

Who awards the ISED label?

The labeling of approved products is carried out by the manufacturer. The specifications of the RSS-Gen must be taken into account.

How is the ISED marking done?

The marking must be applied permanently and legibly to the product surface. This can be done by engraving, etching, stamping or printing. If that is too small for labeling, they must place it in the instruction manual and on the packaging. In addition to the Canadian certification mark (Industry Canada IC logo), the marking includes the ISED certification number, a hardware version identification number (HVIN), the name or model number (Product Marketing Name, PMN), and a firmware version identification number (FVIN), which is critical to the high-frequency characteristics of the product.

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Your Success on the Canadian Market

IB-Lenhardt AG is happy to support you in carrying out the conformity assessment for ISED marking and certification. We accompany your company through the entire process. Get comprehensive advice from our competent staff to save time and costs right from the start.
Together with you, we will develop viable concepts that will give you a head start when you launch your products on the market. For the necessary tests in the fields of electrical safety, telecommunications and electromagnetic compatibility, the experts at our subsidiary IBL-Lab GmbH are at your disposal with outstanding expertise and state-of-the-art technical equipment.

The best thing to do is to get in touch with our staff right away.

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