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CSA’s Technical C577.1/2 EMC Committee on Measurement Methods and Basic Standards for High Frequencies is working to draft Canadian deviations for CISPR 14-1 (Appliances – including central air conditioning) prior to adoption by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

ISED is considering proposing a regulation governing frequency limits for central air conditioning equipment late in 2018.  Such a regulation would fall under the Interference-Causing Equipment Standard (ICES 003) which sets out the technical requirements relating to radio noise generated by information technology equipment (ITE).

Currently all external thermostats manufactured, imported, distributed, leased, sold or offered for sale in Canada after April 30th, 2019 must comply with a regulation enforced by ISED. The standard can be found at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf00020.html

HRAI has appointed a relevant memberexpert to participate on CSA’s Technical Committee, Mark Kendall with Goodman Manufacturing. ISED is planning to start working on creating ICES-007 after CSA adopts CISPR 14-1 Ed.6. It is estimated that sometime late in 2018 ICES-007 will be ready for public consultation and possibly early 2019 to be published on the ISED Canada website. There will likely be a transition period set out to define when central air conditioners will have to comply with such a regulation.

For more information contact Caroline Czajko at HRAI, e-mail: cczajko@hrai.ca