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ICES-003 Issue 7 Standard Updates

ICES-003 Issue 7, which is the product standard for Information Technology Equipment (ITE), was released in 2020 by ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada). The overall structure changed significantly. It is mandatory to update compliance information for ISED to continue to mark your product as compliant. Action is required by October 15th, 2021.

ICES-003 Issue 7, which is the product standard for Information Technology Equipment (ITE), was released in 2020 by ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada). The overall structure changed significantly, and the main changes made to the standard are listed below.
  1. The title of the standard was changed from Information Technology Equipment (Including Digital Apparatus) — Limits and Methods of Measurement to Information Technology Equipment (including Digital Apparatus).
  2. The radiated emissions limits were increased, becoming less stringent for some frequency ranges (see tables). The more stringent limits from CAN/CSA-CISPR 22 can no longer be used, nor can limits from CAN/CSA-CISPR32. Limits above 1 GHz were not changed, other than Class A limits are now defined at 3 meters instead of 10 meters. 
  3. General requirements on labeling and test reports (clauses 7 and 8) have been revised to reference ICES-Gen.
  4. Reference to CAN/CSA-CISPR 22 as a test method has been replaced by CAN/CSA-CISPR 32:17.
  5. Added the requirement that products falling under ICES-003 as ITE products that also contain Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) capabilities must meet RSS-216.
  6. Added information on the applicability of ICES-003 to power supplies, essentially stating that those marketed with an ITE device shall be tested with the device, while those marketed separately fall under ICES-001 instead. 
  7. Clarified exemptions to ICES-003, including stating that while electronics for the main functions of appliances are exempt, electronics not contained in the appliance (e.g. thermostat) or not directly related to the main function (e.g. digital display on the exterior of a refrigerator) are not exempt, potentially meaning testing is now required.

The transition period for compliance to the new edition ends October 15th, 2021, meaning that ICES-003 is mandatory as of that date. Per Section 5.2 of ICES-Gen, all test reports issued for ICES-003 Issue 6 must be updated to demonstrate compliance with Issue 7 in order for products to maintain compliance to the Canadian regulations.

Limit tables for below 1 GHz from ICES-003 Issue 6 and the now disallowed CAN/CSA-CISPR 22

This chart shows new quasipeak requirements at different frequencies for updates to ICES-003 Issue 7

 

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