ISED Certification

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Understanding ISED Certification

In Canada, the certification of products is governed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED).

ISED certification covers a wide range of electronic and radio devices, including but not limited to radio, consumer electronics, and communications equipment. This includes devices that emit radio frequency (RF) energy, such as wireless routers, cell phones, Bluetooth devices, and other wireless communication devices.

The certification process involves testing, assessment, and compliance with specific technical requirements to ensure the safety and proper functioning of the products.

The ISED operates under the Radiocommunication Act, which governs the licensing and regulation of radio equipment and the certification of radio equipment.

Electronic devices must adhere to the relevant RSS (Radio Standards Specification) and ICES (Interference-Causing Equipment Standard) standards.

ISED Standards

ISED standards for radio and non-radio devices ensure that electronic products sold in Canada do not cause harmful interference and comply with national safety and quality regulations. Manufacturers must adhere to the specific RSS and ICES standards applicable to their products, conduct appropriate testing, and maintain thorough documentation to achieve compliance and market access in Canada.


Radio Specific Standards (RSS):

  • RSS-Gen: General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus
    • This standard provides general requirements and information applicable to all radio apparatus.
  • RSS-210: Licence-Exempt Radio Apparatus: Category I Equipment
    • Covers general requirements for low-power license-exempt radio communication devices.
  • RSS-247: Digital Transmission Systems (DTSs), Frequency Hopping Systems (FHSs), and Licence-Exempt Local Area Network (LE-LAN) Devices
    • Applies to devices operating in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
  • RSS-130: Equipment Operating in the Frequency Bands 617-652 MHz, 663-698 MHz, 698-756 MHz, 777-787 MHz, and 788-798 MHz
    • Covers equipment that operates in these specified bands.
  • RSS-119: Land Mobile and Fixed Equipment Operating in the Frequency Range 27.41-960 MHz
    • Pertains to land mobile and fixed radio services.
  • RSS-102: Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Compliance of Radiocommunication Apparatus (All Frequency Bands)
    • Ensures devices comply with RF exposure limits to protect human health.

Host devices combined with certified cellular modules must adhere to ISED regulations.


Interference-Causing Equipment Standards (ICES):

  • ICES-003: Information Technology Equipment (Including Digital Apparatus)
    • Applies to IT equipment to ensure compliance with EMC requirements.
  • ICES-001: Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Radio Frequency Generators
    • Covers non-radio ISM devices operating in the RF spectrum.
  • ICES-005: Lighting Equipment
    • Applies to all lighting equipment to ensure they do not cause harmful interference.

Products Requiring ISED Certification

Some of the commom Radio Devices are :

  • Radio Transmitters: Handheld radios, transceivers, and other transmitting devices. 
  • Wireless Communication Devices: Products equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other wireless technologies. 
  • Telecommunication Equipment: This includes mobile phones, telecom infrastructure, and related devices.  


For a complete list of products requiring Canada Compliance certification  , please refer to the link here. 

Interference causing Equipments, includes electronic devices that do not emit radio frequencies, such as computers, household appliances, and industrial machinery to name a few. 

For these equipments EMC Testing to the ICES standard is required. There are several ICES standards to choose from depending on the product category type.

ISED Certification Process


There are 2 categories of Certification:  

SDoC: Self Declaration for Unintentional Radiators / Non-Radio Products  

Certification: for Radio products  

 Non-Radio Products SDoC Procedure:  

Applies to Interference-causing equipment, a device, machinery or equipment, other than radio apparatus or terminal equipment, that causes or can cause interference to radiocommunication  


Labelling For Radio Products

The certification number is made up of a Company Number (CN which is XXXXXX) assigned by ISED’s CEB, followed by the Unique Product Number (UPN which is YYYYYYYYYY) assigned by the applicant.

The certification number format is:


Electronic Labelling is allowed: Devices with an integrated display screen may have the required label information represented electronically in an e-label instead of on a physical label or nameplate

Labelling for Non-Radio products

The ISED compliance label shall include the word “Canada” (or “CAN”) and a reference to the applicable standard, in both English and French. If the applicable ICES standard differentiates between Class A and Class B equipment, the label shall also include the Class of the equipment. An example is given below.

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ICES Standards
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RSS Standards
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