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Radio Apparatus, Interference-Causing Equipment, and Terminal Equipment

Important: If you offer products for sale in Amazon.ca stores, you must comply with all federal, provincial, and other laws and Amazon policies that apply to those products and product listings.

In Canada, the sale of radio apparatus, interference-causing equipment, terminal equipment, and jammers is regulated by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada ("ISED"), and these products must meet certain standards and be certified or registered when applicable. These regulations are intended to prevent interference and protect the safety of Canadians. As well, Amazon policy requires you to include a photo of the Labelling Information described in the Compliance Requirements section below on the product detail page.

Canada does not allow the sale of jammers or radio transmitters designed to interfere with other communication systems.

To help you understand ISED’s requirements, please see the chart below:

Product type Requirements for sale
Certified radio apparatus (i.e. wireless equipment) including, but not limited to:
  • Bluetooth devices
  • Cellular boosters
  • Cordless telephones
  • FM transmitters
  • Laptops
  • Land mobile radios
  • Smart home products
  • Smartphones
  • Smart wireless chargers
  • Tablets
  • Two-way radios
  • Wearables (e.g. smartwatches)
  • Wi-Fi boosters
  • Wi-Fi routers and other LAN (Local Area Network) devices
  • Wireless microphones
  • Wireless routers
Category I equipment can only be sold in Canada if it:
  1. complies with applicable technical standards (including labelling and user manual standards);
  2. has a technical acceptance certificate (TAC) issued by ISED’s Certification and Engineering Bureau or a certificate issued by an independent domestic or foreign organization that is authorized by the Government of Canada to certify radio equipment in accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements;
  3. is listed on the Radio Equipment List; and
  4. is advertised as allowed by its technical acceptance certificate (e.g. the detail page for a cellular signal booster that is only certified to operate in Operating Band 5 cannot claim that the cellular signal booster is capable of operating in a different operating band).
Interference-causing equipment and radio receivers including, but not limited to:
  • Computers
  • DVD players
  • Electronic transformers or ballasts
  • LED lighting devices
  • Any equipment that generates and uses timing signals or pulses having a rate of at least 9 kHz
Interference-causing equipment and radio receivers are classified as Category II equipment. Category II equipment can only be sold in Canada if it:
  1. complies with the applicable Interference-Causing Equipment Standard (e.g. ICES-3 (B)) or Radio Standard Specification (i.e. RSS-310 or RSS-Gen); and
  2. is labelled with the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity required for the applicable Interference-Causing Equipment Standard or Radio Standard Specification.
Terminal equipment, including, but not limited to:
  • Automatic answering devices
  • Corded telephones
  • Modems (e.g. DSL)
  • Recorders
Terminal equipment can only be sold in Canada if it:
  1. complies with applicable technical standards (including labelling and user manual standards);
  2. is registered with ISED; and
  3. is listed on the Telecommunications Apparatus Register.

Compliance requirements

All radio apparatus, terminal equipment and interference-causing equipment incorporating radio apparatus or terminal equipment (“Certified Equipment”) listed for sale in Amazon.ca stores must have the following information permanently indicated on the exterior of the product, included in a label permanently affixed to the exterior of the product, or displayed electronically as described in the ISED labelling requirements below:

  • The ISED certification number preceded by “IC:” (e.g. IC:XXXXXX-YYYYYYYYYYY);
  • The Hardware Version Identification Number (“HVIN”); and
  • The Product Marketing Name (“PMN”).

(the “Labelling Information”).

To list Certified Equipment for sale in Amazon.ca stores, you must include a legible image of the Labelling Information on the product detail page. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the removal of your offers, and repeated violations of this requirement may result in the deactivation of your seller account.

An example of a legible image of Labelling Information is as follows:

For more information on ISED labelling requirements, please refer to the following resources:

Additional useful information

Last updated 10/23/2020

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