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The RABC frequently creates working groups to respond to consultations. To have your name added to the working group, please contact the General Manager (david@rabc-cccr.ca).

ISED Supplementary Procedure to Radio Standards Specification, RSS-102, SPR-004, Issue 1, December 15, 2020 – Time-Averaged Specific Absorption Rate (TAS) Assessment Procedures for Wireless Devices Operating in the 4 MHz – 6 GHz Frequency Band

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following CONSULTATION: RSS-102 SPR-004, issue 1, “Time-Averaged Specific Absorption Rate (TAS) Assessment Procedures for Wireless Devices Operating in the 4 MHz – 6 GHz Frequency Band”. This Supplementary Procedure to Radio Standards Specification (SPR) sets out the general test methods to be followed when carrying out an RF exposure compliance assessment of wireless devices implementing device-based time averaging methods for the management and/or mitigation of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) in the 4 MHz – 6 GHz frequency band.

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ISED Radio Standards Specification, RSS-182, issue 6, November 2020 – Maritime Radio Equipment Operating in the Band 156-162.5 MHz

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following consultation: RSS-182, issue 6, “Maritime Radio Equipment Operating in the Band 156-162.5 MHz”. This Radio Standards Specification (RSS) sets out the requirements for certification of radio equipment used for maritime service in the band 156-162.5 MHz, including Automatic Identification System – Search and Rescue Transponders (AIS-SART) operating on AIS-1 and AIS-2.

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REC-LAB, issue 7, November 2020 – Procedure for the Recognition of Testing Laboratories to Canadian requirements; and Testing laboratory technical assessment checklist

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following consultations:

1) REC-LAB, issue 7, “Procedure for the Recognition of Testing Laboratories to Canadian requirements” specifies the criteria and procedure for the recognition by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) of testing laboratories, either Canadian or foreign, to test/assess to Canadian requirements for telecommunications terminal equipment, radio apparatus and broadcasting equipment standards.

2) Testing laboratory technical assessment checklist specifies items to be evaluated during the assessment of test laboratories by a recognized accreditation body.

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CS-03, Part V, issue 9, amendment 3, November 2020 – Requirements and Test Methods for Magnetic Output From Handset Telephones for Hearing Aid Coupling and for Receive Volume Control

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following consultation: CS-03, Part V, issue 9, amendment 3, “Requirements and Test Methods for Magnetic Output From Handset Telephones for Hearing Aid Coupling and for Receive Volume Control” specifies the compliance requirements for hearing aid compatibility (HAC) and volume control features for handset telephones.

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DC-01, issue 7, November 2020 – Procedure for the Declaration of Conformity and Registration of Terminal Equipment

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following consultation: DC-01, issue 7, “Procedure for the Declaration of Conformity and Registration of Terminal Equipment” specifies the procedure that suppliers of telecommunications terminal equipment must follow to declare its conformity with applicable technical specifications and sets out the requirements for registering terminal products.

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REC-CB, issue 1, November 2020 – Recognition Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following consultation: REC-CB, issue 1, “Recognition Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies” specifies the recognition criteria and procedures used by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) in the recognition of Canadian and foreign entities as certification bodies (CBs), under the terms of Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRAs) or any other equivalent agreement or arrangement, to certify products to Canadian regulatory requirements.

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DES-LAB, issue 8, November 2020 – Procedure for the Designation of Canadian Testing Laboratories

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is seeking comments on the following consultation: DES-LAB, issue 8, “Procedure for the Designation of Canadian Testing Laboratories” specifies the procedure applicable to Canadian testing laboratories for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) designation to test telecommunications equipment, information technology equipment and ratio apparatus, as applicable under the terms of the relevant Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRAs), to the requirements of foreign regulatory authorities.

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Review of Safety Code 6 Compliance Requirements for Broadcasters

On May 19, 2017, the Department officially announced its new Client-Based Safety Code 6 Reporting Program by sending letters to broadcasters across the country. These letters indicated that for broadcasting certificates expiring on August 31, 2017, operators must submit Safety Code 6 compliance information by July 31, 2017. Members of the Broadcast Industry and technical consultants have identified some potential improvements that could be made to the program. The RABC has created a working group to explore the reporting program and to better understand the challenges associated with the July 31st deadline.

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