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Obtain your Canadian compliance successfully

Certification Experts is your full-service compliance partner and guides you through the complete Canadian compliance process according to CSA standards, CCOHS requirements, FCC, ICES requirements and CCPSA. With over 25 years of experience, our team of experts will help you to obtain access to the Canadian market.

Canadian compliance

To be able to enter the Canadian market, you need to ensure that your product is safe. This can be done through measures such as using CSA standards, COOHS, FCC and ICES requirements and CCPSA, which are used to assess and certify the products in accordance with Federal Regulations and National Codes.

Challenges of compliance Canada

Obtaining Canadian compliance can be a complicated process. For this, it is important to consider which products require which certification. Herein, time and knowledge of regulations must be taken into account during the process to complete the compliance process.

Guidance from start to finish

Our team will guide you through all processes and perform testing in order for your products to be able to obtain Canadian compliance. As your full-service compliance partner, we will ease this lengthy and complicated process.

Let our dedicated team of experts manage the Canadian compliance process for your products

Canadian compliance  

To be able to enter the Canadian market your products must be in compliance. This can be done through measures which are used to assess and certify the products in accordance with the Federal Regulations and National Codes, such as:

  • Industrial equipment and products used as work tools in a work or professional environment: are regulated by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
  • Electrical and electronic products susceptible to (unwanted) electronic emissions or electromagnetic interference: are regulated by the Dept of Communications within Canada and must be in compliance with ICES requirements.
  • Medical Devices: class I are regulated by the Medical Device Establishment License (MDEL) and class II, III and IV are regulated by Medical Device License (MDL) 
  • Consumer products: are regulated by the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA)
  • Toy safety: regime is in effect under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). There are several regulations under the CCPSA that address specific hazards with children’s toys, the main regulation is the Toys Regulations (SOR/2011-17)

What does it mean to be CSA approved?

CSA is an abbreviation for Canadian Standards Association. This mark is considered to be the equivalent of the CE mark which is used in the European Union. CSA labels are certified by CSA International. Herein, they offer certification for electrical products, mechanical products, or ‘at risk’ ones in general. The CSA logo indicates that the product has been tested according to Canadian standards and that the product complies with requirements of this standard.  The CSA mark is however not a legally mandatory marking, unless legislated by government or mandated by industry or trade associations. Manufacturers are under the impression that they should make use of CSA, which is a National Recognised Testing Laboratory (NRTL). CSA is a two-pronged organisation: The organisation develops standards and acts as a NRTL. An Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ’s) can confirm whether a product complies to the requirements for the Canadian market and this decision is always based on reports from a NRTL. The CSA standards are considered as the legislative safety requirements; other NRTL’s can also use these standards to evaluate products. The AHJ’s make no distinction between the different NRTLs, given that all NRTLs are accredited organisations. Certification Experts has a partner that is a Nationally Recognised Testing Laboratory and is accredited to carry out the conformity procedures for the Canadian market.

How to achieve Canadian compliance?

At Certification Experts, we offer guidance and advice on compliance solutions for Canada on the following services:

Services

Explanation

Technical Advisory Service (TAS) 

To ensure that the product is found to be compliant for the Canadian market, Certification Experts offer a pre-project, TAS, prior to the final compliance procedure. The findings will be provided in a findings letter, which will be discussed with your company. If applicable, our experts will communicate required modifications to ensure a successful Canadian Field Certification. During this stage, our experts will work together with your company to come up with acceptable solution(s) for all parties in case of any non-compliances.

Field Evaluation 

Field evaluation is a process that is implemented in the field whereby unapproved products can be evaluated to the necessary requirements that are acceptable to the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), owner or other regulatory body. It must then be evaluated to the applicable product safety standard(s) for the specific application and location where the product will be utilised. This process includes construction inspection for use of components, assembly and limited nondestructive testing to complete the assessment. Certification Experts can guide this process with the applicable NRTL. 

Field Certification

Field certification is similar to the field evaluation, the difference is that the field certification will result in a certificate of conformity and the approval mark will indicate certified.

Limited Product Certification

Limited Production Certification (LPC) which is recognized as Type 1 form of Limited certification service under the international ISO conformity assessment system and is accepted by accredited bodies. 

LPC is essentially a “batch certification” designed to accommodate situations where a limited quantity of the product is manufactured, or a batch of the product is intended for distribution. Certification Experts can guide this process.

CCOHS

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) functions as the primary national agency in Canada to ensure safe and healthy workplaces and prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. Herein, Certification Experts can verify the requirements for your product, determine the safety status, provide advice and guidance regarding CCOHS and perform a risk assessment. 

ISED

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is a certification that is required for radio technologies to be able to enter the Canadian market. Without this certification, market access onto the Canadian market 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 order to receive ISED approval, a Foreign Certifications Body (FCB) must conduct a findings report, and when compliance is determined, will issue an approval. Certification Experts can guide this process.

ICES

Interference-Causing Equipment Standard (ICES) entails the general requirements for compliance of interference-causing equipment. Interference-causing equipment is a device, machinery or equipment, other than radio apparatus or terminal equipment, that causes or is capable of causing interference to radio communication. Without this, market access onto the Canadian market for manufacturers of devices, machinery and/or equipment is not permitted. Certification Experts can guide you with the complete ICES conformity assessment procedures: certification procedure and Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity. 

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Certification Experts offers the following services

Click on the service blocks below to see what our experts can do to help you obtain Canadian compliance.

Compliance
Route to Compliance
Technical Advisory (TAS)
Field Evaluation or Certification
Limited Product Certification
Expert Consulting
CCOHS
FCC
Testing
CCPSA and Toys Regulations

Obtain Canada compliance certification with the help of our team of experts

01 - Industrial

equipment and products used as work tools in work or a professional environment are regulated by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

02 - Electrical & Electronic

products susceptible to (unwanted) electronic emissions or electromagnetic interference: are regulated by the Dept of Communications within Canada and must be in compliance with ICES requirements

03 - Medical Devices

class I are regulated by the Medical Device Establishment License (MDEL) and class II, III and IV are regulated by Medical Device License (MDL)

04 - Consumer

products are regulated by the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA)

05 - Toy safety

regime is in effect under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA).

01 – Identify
the legal framework for your products
02 – Determine
the route to compliance
03 – Perform
the conformity assessment procedure
04 – CSA Mark
can be affixed
05 – Ship
your product worry-free to the Canadian market
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What our clients are saying about us

Van Heek Medical
Wilma Peereboom
Quality Coordinator
The cooperation with CE goes satisfactorily. They were decisive from the start and things were well taken care of. I see the problem-solving capacity of Certification Experts as a strength of the company’.
6 weeks
Europe
Medical
Confocal
Peter Drent
CEO
Personally I am very satisfied with the service and quality of the work of Certification Experts. With future projects, I certainly intend to work with them again.
3 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Gallery Play Media
Ruben Kieftenbelt
Founder & CTO
The test results during the certification project were comprehensive and detailed. We experienced this as a pleasant and valuable result. In addition, Certification Experts swiftly came up with solutions for obstacles we encountered during the certification process.
4 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Adtrack Media
Paul East
CTO
We have found Certification Experts to be helpful, knowledgeable and prompt even during the difficult environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to working with Certification Experts on future projects.
4 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Nikon
Joachim Hofmann
GM Service & Support
We found the collaboration with the CE Team very helpful, professional, fast and flexible. It is always good to have a partner at hand who can help with profound expertise whenever required. In the future, CE will stay our choice if expert-know-how is needed.
4 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Physee
Wai-Man Tang
Quality Assurance Manager
We have a wonderful experience working with Certification Experts. We are a scale-up doing product developments under a very tight timeline. Certification Experts will adjust to our needs and guides us step by step to complete our product certifications in time.
3 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Oceanteam
Lars van ‘t Kruijs
Managing Director
The team of Certification Experts consists of nice people, it was a good cooperation! For me it was important how they made everything clear and how they thought along the same lines.
3 weeks
Europe
Machinery
Alfa Wasserman
Kurt Spiegel
Engineer Manager
CE has been our partner for over 10 years and the relationship is outstanding. The face-to-face meetings are really important and save us a lot of time.
6 weeks
Europe
Medical
Dot Robot
Edward Belderbos
Technical Director
It was a pleasure to work with Certification Experts. After reviewing our documentation, they gave us structured feedback and showed us a way forward to compliance with EU directives
3 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Noffz
Markus Solbach
Director Sales & Marketing
Certification Experts has a great service with high flexibility and really quick response time. We were impressed with their good technical understanding and detailed feedback to our complex test solution in a short timeframe.
4 weeks
North America
Electronics
Government of Canada
Melanie Ter Meulen
Trade Commissioner
The collaboration with Certification Experts runs smoothly and they are a valuable partner for us. If Dutch companies require specific technical information about the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement on free trade, Certification Experts is the first to call.
2 weeks
Europe
Medical

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Compliance

Certification Experts offers complete guidance and expert services in order to ensure your equipment is compliant with Canadian legislation to be able to enter the Canadian market.  

  • Determine applicable product standard
  • Documentation review
  • Technical Advisory Service (TAS)
  • Guidance towards testing
  • Field evaluation and certification
  • Guidance with NRTL-procedure
  • Guidance with limited product certification
Route to Compliance

For every market, Certification Experts can provide a practical compliance roadmap. We offer guidance on cost and time efficiency regarding certification to be able to acces the Canadian market. 

  • Determining applicable product legislation
  • Selecting Canadian product standards
  • Determining route to compliance
  • Review of critical components based on the Bill of Materials (BOM)
  • Finding NRTL with required scope of accreditation
Technical Advisory Service (TAS)

Certification Experts offers a pre-project: a Technical Advisory Service (TAS), prior to the compliance procedure. The TAS is based on technical documentation and an initial inspection of the equipment. The findings of the TAS will be provided in a findings letter by the NRTL (National Recognized Testing Laboratory). In collaboration with all applicable parties involved, the required modifications will be stipulated to ensure a successful compliance procedure. 

  • Documentation review
  • Equipment inspection
  • Findings letter
  • Guidance prior to the compliance procedure
Field Evaluation or Certification

Field Certification (FC) – also called Unit Verification, is an internationally recognized form of certification under the ISO conformity assessment system and is accepted by the accreditation of professionals.  

An FC will be conducted for each individual product or batch on location, including a one-time test. Certification Experts can guide this process. 

  • Collaboration with the NRTL
  • Perform a final electrical safety test
  • Final inspection of the equipment
  • Labelling will be provided; including official documents wherein approval of the label is stated
Limited Product Certification

Limited Product Certification (LPC) is essentially a “batch certification,” designed to accommodate situations where a limited quantity of the product is manufactured, or a batch of the product is intended for distribution.

After verifying that all units in the batch are identical to the test sample and in compliance, they are labeled on location by a NRTL representative using serialised certification.  

Certification Experts can guide this process. 

  • The product is tested and evaluated to the appropriate standards at the NRTL laboratory
  • Labelling batch on location
Expert Consulting

Certification Experts provides consultancy on every aspect of Canadian product compliance. 

  • Product compliance
  • Product testing
  • Advice regarding what is the most applicable product legislation
  • Contra expertise
  • Contacting the qualified and necessary authorities
CCOHS

Safety requirements apply to machines, devices and equipment for the professional market. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) monitors compliance with this. Certification Experts can ensure your products meet these requirements in order to guarantee compliance with CCOHS. 

  • Verify the CCOHS requirements
  • Determine safety status according to the CCOHS requirements
  • Provide advice and guidance regarding CCOHS
  • Perform risk assessment
FCC

FCC certification is required for a manufacturer in order to obtain market approval in Canada for a device with wireless technologies. In order to obtain market approval, a manufacturer must conduct the FCC certification procedure. Certification Experts can provide aid with this. 

  • FCC/ICES Testing
  • FCC certification
  • FCC/ICES Suppliers Declaration of Conformity
Testing

Certification Experts can guide your company with the appropriate tests to enter the Canadian market. 

  • Indicate required testing
  • Find test laboratories and test engineers
  • Provide advice and guidance regarding testing
  • FCC/ICES testing
  • SOR and OECD testing (Toys Regulations)
CCPSA and Toys Regulations

Canada’s mandatory toy safety regime is in effect under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). There are several regulations under the CCPSA that address specific hazards with children’s toys, the main regulation is the Toys Regulations (SOR/2011-17). 

Certifications can provide aid with verifying the compliance of this. 

 

Information Supply

We notify you if there are regulatory changes pertaining to your product

Risk Assessment

We help you eliminate risks more efficiently, protect your customers and your business. Unsure whether you’ve done something correctly? We can provide a full risk assessment evaluation.

  • Machine / Electronics / Toys / Medical / PPE / GPS
  • EN-ISO 12100
  • Safexpert Risk Assessment software (TÜV-certified)
  • Review of existing Risk Assessment
  • Templates
Authorised Representative

We provide Authorised Representation (AR) for businesses and e-commerce companies located outside the EU/UK – allowing access to those markets by registering us as your legal partner.

  • EU/UK market access
  • Verification of CE/UKCA
  • Marking
  • Contact point for authorities
  • Technical File
  • Bypass importers
  • Registration
Technical File

Every manufacturer requires a technical file to reach compliance. We support, compile and review these technical documents for you.

  • Declaration of Conformity
  • User Information (manual/labelling/packaging)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Technical schemes and drawings
  • Templates
Engineering Review

We review your designs and assist you through the prototype phase to ensure critical safety standards are met.

  • Design Review
  • Co-engineering
  • Consultancy
  • Risk Assessment
Testing and Inspection

Wherever you’re located, we offer a wide range of expert testing and inspection capabilities, both in house and via our global network of affiliated partners and testing laboratories.

  • EMC, Low Voltage, Radio, Medical, Toys, and PPE
  • On-site or digital inspections
  • Notified Bodies
  • Accredited testing laboratories
Route to compliance

We create a clear and practical compliance roadmap for you in any market. Get expert guidance on cost/time efficiency of certification for accessing multiple markets.

  • Determining product legislation
  • Set up test procedure (in-house/accredited testing)
  • Strategy on Global Market Access
  • Technical File Checklist
Training

We offer custom training programs led by experts, bringing your team up to
speed with important safety processes and regulations related to your markets.

  • Product Compliance
  • CE Marking
  • Machine / Robotics Safety
  • UL/CSA
  • Safexpert
User Information Review

Make sure your manuals, labelling and packaging are fully compliant with your
chosen markets. From writing to reviewing materials, we’ve got you covered.

  • Checklists
  • Product labelling
  • Templates
  • Drafting Manuals
  • Machine plate
Technical File

We ensure the availability of the technical file in case of requests from authorities

Expert Consulting

With over 25 years’ industry experience, our team can provide expert guidance
on every aspect of product compliance.

  • Product Compliance
  • Authority letter (NVWA, NoBo, ILT and BPT)
  • Authorised Representative
  • Product Testing
  • Seller/buyer problem resolution on CE marking
  • Advise on Product Legislation
  • User Information
  • Route to compliance
  • Engineering Review
  • Training
  • Risk Assessment
CE/UKCA Marking

Trust us as your partner to verify the compliance of your products

Authorised Representative

We register as your official point of contact for market surveillance authorities

EU/UK Market Access

You gain access to the EU/UK market, no matter where your business is located

Legal point of contact

We represent you on your behalf for all legal issues pertaining to your product

Compliance

Enter any market, no matter the marking or industry. From CE marking and UL to CCC, we offer complete certification guidance and expert services tailored to your unique situation.

  • Consultancy
  • Route to compliance
  • Testing
  • On-site inspections
  • Design Review
  • Technical File Review
  • Risk Assessment
  • Training