Draft Standard for Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) of Canada updated requirements for Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment.

On January 7, 2020, ISED released the first draft of Interference-Causing Equipment Standard ICES-001, Issue 5, "Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment".

This Interference Causing Equipment Standard (ICES), sets out the minimum requirements applicable to industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) equipment.

These requirements include limits for and methods of measurement of radiated and conducted radio frequency emissions produced by ISM equipment, as well as administrative requirements applicable to such equipment.

ISM equipment is defined as interference-causing equipment that generates and/or uses radio frequency energy locally for industrial, scientific, medical, domestic or similar purposes, excluding applications in the field of telecommunications, information technology and other applications covered by other ISED standards.

ICES-001 covers all types of equipment that are in the scope of the CSA CISPR 11: 19 standard and ISM equipment that is not covered by the scope of the CSA CISPR 11: 19 standard due to the application of another CISPR product standard and which is not under the scope of another ISED standard, such as induction cooking and ultrasonic humidifiers.

In addition to this standard, the requirements of ICES-Gen shall apply.

Listed below are the main changes in issue 5:

  • Title changed from Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Radio Frequency Generators to Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Equipment;
  • Included specific requirements for induction cooking appliances;
  • Added requirements for ISM equipment with wireless power transfer functionality;
  • Added an exemption for external power supplies or converters that are not incorporated in a piece of equipment, when they are subject to and have been demonstrated to comply with another ISED standard;
  • Added an exemption for ISM equipment that is covered under another ICES standard;
  • Removed requirements that are specified in ICES-Gen and referred to ICES-Gen for all general requirements

This document will be in force upon publication on Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) website. However, a transition period of six months following its publication will be provided, within which compliance with either ICES-001, Issue 4 or ICES-001, Issue 5 is accepted.

After the expiry of this 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 ICES-001, Issue 5.

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