Radio Equipment User Manual Notice Requirement for Certification

Radio equipment of any kind, including bluetooth and Wifi devices, must meet specific Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada) regulatory requirements and technical standards before it can be imported, sold or used in Canada. The process of demonstrating compliance to Industry Canada is called “certification”. Over the last few years, we have served as the Canadian Representative of many foreign manufacturers of radio devices applying to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada) for certification under Canada’s technical standards outlined in RSS-210 and RSS-310 as well as other regulatory requirements. While the certification process is fairly straightforward, sometimes we are asked to clarify certain of the requirements. For example, recently, we were asked by a client whether the user manual of a particular radio product is required to include any specific notice. We answered in the affirmative: pursuant to section 8.4 of RSS-Gen, notice must be displayed in a conspicuous location, either in the user manual or on the device, or both, that the device complies with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s license-exempt RSSs and that operation of the device is subject to the following two conditions: the device may not cause interference and the device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. In addition, we thought it prudent to draw the client’s attention to the requirement in RSP1-100 that the notice must be in both English and French and that variable formats are acceptable for providing the notice (i.e., in paper form, CD, DVD, or insert with download link on the company’s website).

We are always pleased to be called upon to assist our foreign clients navigate the sometimes confusing Canadian regulatory environment and, best of all, for those companies that have appointed us as their Canadian Representative, there is no extra charge for this guidance.

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the Radio Equipment Certification Procedure or Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, call or email Koby Smutylo at 613 869 5440 or koby@lawyercorporation.ca.

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