Manufacturing products is a complicated business. If you are manufacturing for the Canadian market then the first step in compliance is to determine all of the agencies you need to contact and determine the applicable standards in which you need to comply.
This is where the highly qualified team of engineers at Technology International can assist with your goals. We support Canadian manufacturers across a variety of industries to obtain CE Marking for their products.
Product Safety for CE Marking Canada
Canadian standards are produced by the Canadian Standards Agency (CSA).
There is the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act that requires products to be safe and places obligations on manufacturers and suppliers. Similar to the EU, safety incidents must be reported to the authorities, documentation must be prepared and maintained, product information in particular regarding safe use must be supplied, and products are required to be suitably packaged and labeled.
Some CSA standards are based on the international IEC standards. If you are manufacturing for a worldwide customer base then these should be adhered to so your product design is more internationally acceptable. Electrical, medical, and machinery all fall into this category.
Legal Requirements of CE Marking Canada
Next, a manufacturer needs to determine what are the appropriate standards and acts to use to assess their products so they meet legal requirements and certifications.
CSA standards cover many industries and their products, including:
- Health and medical
- Mechanical and industrial
- Public safety
- And many more
The Canadian market is highly regulated and while similar to the EU, it is not necessarily the same.
Steps for CE Marking
- Identify the applicable CE Marking Directives (i.e. Low Voltage for Safety, EMC for EMC, RoHS for substance restriction, etc.)
- Determine the relevant applicable standards, and ensure that for safety all the product risks are covered.
- Assess that the product meets the requirements, working to correct any identifiable non-compliances.
- Compile technical documentation (Technical File) on the product which illustrates compliance with the directives, regulations, and standards.
- Upon completion, an EU Declaration of Conformity is issued. This is a legally binding statement by the manufacturer concerning product compliance. In the case of any compliance issues, this is normally the first document to be inspected by the authorities. There is a prescribed format with legal language to be used.
- At this point, the marking can be legally applied to the product.
- The certification process does not stop here. The manufacturer is obliged to have a system in place so that production remains compliant with the requirement.
Why Choose Technology International?
The process of CE Marking a product can easily become quite complicated, and that is why Technology International manages the whole process for you from product design through CE certification. Our team will ensure your products are suitably compliant and remain so during the production life.
However, approvals and certification are not a one-time, set it and forget activity. Requirements, standards, and certification bodies change, and you may find yourself devoting many resources just keeping up with requirements.
Trust us as your expert source for CE certification and marking in Canada. It is our goal to get your products to market in the quickest time possible at the most reasonable cost.