March 15, 2022
Clarification on the recognition of the computational category associated with the RSS-102 scope for testing laboratories
This notice has been created to remind Conformity Assessment Bodies that per Section 7 of REC-LAB - Procedure for the Recognition of Testing Laboratories to Test/Assess to Canadian Requirements, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has introduced the computational category to the scope of accreditation associated with RSS-102 (SAR), (RF Exp), (NS) and (LPD).
As a point of clarification, testing laboratories should only seek recognition of the computational category, to the scope of RSS-102, if they intend to perform simulations (also known as computational modelling) such as finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD). The computational category is not intended for testing laboratories performing simple RF exposure (e.g. maximum permissible evaluation, MPE) evaluation calculations.
At this time, ISED is primarily accepting recognition requests for the computational category of RSS-102 (LPD). However, ISED intends to expand recognition of the computational category to the other scopes of RSS-102. For example, recognition for the computational category for nerve stimulation (NS) and SAR could also be requested while ISED is finalizing RSS-102 SPR-0002 issue 2 (found on the Radio Advisory Board of Canada consultation web page). During this time, testing labs interested in NS and SAR computational scopes should contact ISED via the following web page: General Inquiry form.
Scope expansion requests from testing labs seeking to include the computational category of RSS-102 (LPD) shall follow the REC-LAB procedure and utilize the latest checklist (Oct 2021 version), completed by the accreditation body.
In addition to the above clarifications related to testing labs, ISED also notes that certification bodies who are not conducting certification for products subject to computational assessment are not required to revise any of their radio scopes.
ISED will provide further guidance as it becomes available.
Should you have any questions, contact ISED via the following web page: General Inquiry form.