For IT Equipment in Canada, ICES-003 Issue 5 Required by August 2013

For manufacturers of IT Equipment (ITE) selling in Canada, ICES-003 Issue 5 Information Technology Equipment (ITE) – Limits and Methods of Measurement was published last month by Industry Canada. 

Until August 31, 2013, both Issue 4 and Issue 5 will be accepted.  After that date, only Issue 5 will be accepted.

Existing models in compliance with previous versions of ICES-003 shall remain compliant under requirements of that previous issue, or may adopt the requirements in Issue 5.

There are major changes to the technical requirements in Issue 5.  Following is a summary. 

Reference Standards
Issue 5 references both CISPR22 and ANSI C63.4.  There are different routes of compliance that can be chosen, but once a route is chosen (eg. CISPR22 path or ANSI C63.4 path), that same route must be used to achieve compliance in all requirements. 

Below 1GHz has three routes:

  • Comply with the conducted/radiated emissions limits of CISPR22, while adhering to CISPR22 measurement methods
  • Comply with the conducted/radiated emissions limits listed in ICES-003 Issue 5 while adhering to ANSI C63.4 methods
  • Comply with conducted emissions limits listed in ICES-003 Issue 5, radiated emissions limits of CISPR22, while adhering to ANSI C63.4 methods

Above 1GHz has two routes:

  • Comply with radiated emissions limits of CISPR22 while adhering to CISPR22 measurement methods
  • Comply with radiated emissions limits listed in ICES-003 Issue 5 while adhering to ANSI C63.4 measurement methods

Limits
For AC Power line Conducted Emissions, the limits are harmonized with CISPR22 (Both class A and B).

For Radiated Emissions, the maximum frequency measurement range is harmonized with FCC part 15 subpart B.

For Radiated Emissions <1GHz, the limits are harmonized with FCC part 15 subpart B (Both class A and B).

For Radiated Emissions >1GHz, the limits are harmonized with FCC part 15 subpart B (Both class A and B), but requires measurements with both average and peak detectors.

Labeling
The new ICES-003 compliance label requirement is as follows: CAN ICES-3 (*)/NMB-3(*) where * is A or B

Not all ITE bound for Canada is subject to this standard.  Contact us to determine if ICES-003 is applicable to your equipment. 

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2 Comments on For IT Equipment in Canada, ICES-003 Issue 5 Required by August 2013

  1. What are the Exact labelling requirements for this certification, does it have to be in French and English??

    Is there any other information that needs to be on label itself?

    Trent

    • admin admin

      Labeling requirements are laid out in Section 8 of the standard:

      The manufacturer, importer or supplier shall meet the labeling requirements set out in this section for every ITE unit:
      • Prior to marketing in Canada, for ITE manufactured in Canada, and;
      • Prior to importation into Canada, for imported ITE
      The presence of the label on the ITE represents the manufacturer’s or importer’s Self-Declaration of Compliance to Industry Canada ICES-003. Each unit of an ITE model shall bear a label indicating the model’s compliance with ICES-003.
      The label shall be permanently affixed to the ITE or displayed electronically and its text must be clearly legible. When the dimension of the device is too small or it is otherwise not practical to place the label on the ITE, the label shall be placed in a prominent location in the user manual supplied with the ITE. The user manual may be in an electronic format and must be readily available.

      Industry Canada ICES-003 Compliance Label: CAN ICES-3 (*)/NMB-3(*)
      (*) Insert either “A” or “B” but not both to identify the applicable Class of ITE.

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