Transition period for ISED’s ISM Equipment Standard ends in July

Mar 23, 2021 | Canada

Canada’s Department of ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development) published last year the Interference-Causing Equipment Standard, ICES-001, issue 5, Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment, which sets out the minimum requirements applicable to industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) equipment, including limits for and methods of measurement of radiated and conducted radiofrequency emissions produced by ISM equipment, as well as administrative requirements applicable to such equipment.

The transition period will end in July 2021, one year after the publication of the standard, for which compliance with either issue 4 or issue 5 of ICES-001 will be accepted. After the transition period, all products subject to this standard that continue to be manufactured, imported, distributed, leased, offered for sale, or sold in Canada shall comply with issue 5 of ICES-001.

The draft ICES-001 Issue 5 has been revised based on comments received. The updates with changes shown in the document include:

  • Extension of the transition period from 6 months to 1 year.
  • Clarification that ICES-Gen takes precedence over the normative references (such as CSA CISPR 11:19).
  • Clarification that induction cooking appliances are Class B (this clarification is needed for the purpose of labeling but does not affect the existing limits applicable to these appliances).
  • Addition of requirements for operating induction cooking appliances during the test (by referring to Annex A of CISPR 14-1 Ed. 6).
  • Addition of new Annex B with deviations from the LLAS validation requirements specified in CISPR 16-1-4: a more relaxed tolerance allowed for the LLAS validation (±3dB, instead of ±2dB) and tabulated values of the reference validation factor. This is consistent with amendment 1 to CISPR 16-1-4 Ed.4.0.

For more information about the requirements of Canada’s ISM Standard, or for information on regulatory compliance requirements for any country globally, please contact Testing Partners at (862) 243-2329 or email

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