Updates to Standard Requirements for Information Technology Equipment and Digital Apparatus

The Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) of Canada updates Interference-Causing Equipment Standard ICES‑003, Issue 6, which sets out standard requirements for information technology equipment (ITE), including digital apparatus.

External thermostats are now subject to ICES-003, meaning all external thermostats sold, offered for sale, manufactured, imported, distributed or leased on the Canadian market will have to comply with issue 6 of ICES-003.

The complete list of changes are as follows:

  • Updated Section 2.1 to clarify the definition of an ITE device.
  • Updated Section 2.3 to include storage media.
  • Updated Section 2.4 to clarify applicability of broadcasting equipment.
  • Updated Section 3(b) to reference the latest version of ANSI C63.4-2014.
  • Updated Section 4(e) to clarify that external thermostats are subject to the requirements of ICES-003 with a revised transition period outlined above the list of changes.

Peripheral devices such as printers, storage media, monitors, keyboards, external memory cards and other input/output devices that may or may not contain digital circuitry are considered ITE and shall comply with ICES‑003.

Previously, thermostats were considered ITE used exclusively in an appliance or electrical machinery, e.g. dishwasher, clothes dryer, air conditioner (central or window), power tools, electric motors and generators and was exempt from ICES-003.

With this change, thermostats are now considered as ITE that is not contained within the appliance does not qualify for exemption (e.g. an external thermostat for a furnace or air conditioner).

The transition period for external thermostats has been extended to December 31, 2019.

Please refer to this link for the complete updated ICES-003 standard.

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