ISED & IC Testing – EMC Testing for Canada
The Canadian EMC framework ‘ISED’ (Innovation, Science and Economic Development) previously known as ‘IC’ (Industry Canada) defines the requirements for EMC Testing for Canada and product approvals. ISED is the Canadian agency regulating electronics and is very similar to the requirements of the FCC with some variations . Both North America (USA) and also Canada both share the same mains voltage (120VAC 60Hz). EMC Bayswater provide Industry ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) and Industry Canada (IC) EMC Testing for Canada, performed at our Melbourne, Australia facility on our compliant ANSI C63.4: 2014 iOATS test site.
The most common parts to the EMC Testing for Canada, ISED framework are as follows:
EMC Testing for Canada – ICES-003
Verification is required for products falling within the scope of Canada’s Interference-Causing Equipment Standards (ICES). ICES-003 covers general digital device emissions from products in much the same way as FCC Part 15. But is only relevant to digital circuitry and does not extend to receivers or transmitters. The digital device emissions (ICES-003) incorporates the same list of exempted devices as FCC Section 15.103.
Under this section a device must comply with radiated and conducted emissions. Radiated emissions is the energy radiated into free space from the entire unit as a whole including cabinet radiation and cable radiation. Conducted emissions is the energy radiated conducted back to the mains network. For both radiated and conducted emissions there are two sets of limits, Class A and Class B.
Unintentional radiators are designated into two major classes:
- Class A Device marketed for use in business/industrial/commercial environments.
- Class B Device marketed for use in a residential environment, notwithstanding use in industrial or commercial environments
Both limits defined are generally acceptable independent of the environment they are intended to be used. However application of the product warning labels and accompanying product documentation may differ.
EMC Testing for Canada – IC RSS 210
This Radio Standards Specification (RSS) sets out the requirements for license exempt low-power intentional radiators, defined as Category I equipment as per RSS-Gen. The applicable standard for low-power intentional radiators in Canada. For Category I equipment correspond corresponds with FCC Part 15 Sub-part C. The two are very closely harmonized in terms of permitted frequencies, types of operation, and other technical requirements, but a separate certification application is required for Canada. Receivers for RSS-210 transmitters also require certification (versus the Part 15 processes of verification or DoC), with applicable limits to be found in RSS-210.
Whereas the receivers used for many high-power radio services in the United States are tested for compliance under Part 15 Subpart B rules, Canadian receivers for other than RSS-210 are certified under the Radio Standards Specification standard for the relevant transmitter, such as RSS 119 or RSS 130.
EMC Testing for Canada – IC RSS 310
This Radio Standards Specification (RSS) sets out requirements for low-power license-exempt radio communication devices (LPDs) defined as Category II equipment as per RSS-Gen. Even though Category II equipment is exempt from certification, it nevertheless must comply with all requirements set out in this and other applicable standards.
So how does this affect you?
If you intend to sell/distribute your product in Canada you must meet the relevant FCC rules and regulations. You may also require a local representative, please call for further details on how we can assist.
How do I test my product?
Testing should be conducted at a test facility with a compliant ANSI C63.4 testing facility in order to perform the measurements. An compliant test site must technically conform with the physical characteristics defined and the test site validation results. Previously these results were sent to Industry Canada for review and subsequent grant of the registered test site.
Verification or Certification
All intentional radiators (transmitters) must be certified for IC this can be done using a Technical Certification Body (TCB).
For unintentional radiators (unless otherwise stated) shall undergo a verification process to ensure they meet the requirements.
Can I use results from FCC, CE or RCM testing
It may be possible to use FCC results with the addition of cross references to demonstrate compliance with the IC requirements within either the test report or accompanying documentation.
It may also be possible to use the same results depending upon the methodologies used (as many of the intentional radiators/transmitter testing methodologies vary between FCC and CE). In addition if the product is mains powered it must be powered by 120VAC at 60Hz. It may be possible to use the CE radiated emissions results if your product has a DC input port and a separate AC/DC plug pack that is already FCC and CE compliant (but conducted emissions is still required).
Do I need to affix the ISED logo to my device?
Depending upon the product classification may mean that you only need to provide a statement in the documentation otherwise a separate marking may need to be permanently affixed to your product
Our iOATS site is a registered site with Industry Canada and the FCC.