Global Information Technology & Communications
Canada - Keeping it Clean: Devices with display screens may now display labelling information electronically
In early October, Industry Canada issued a notice stating that labelling information that was previously required to be physically marked on electronic devices may now be displayed electronically where the device has an integral (non-removable) display screen and certain requirements are met. The new rule applies to all information previously required to be displayed on the surface of the device, including Industry Canada registration numbers for terminal equipment devices such as cell phones and radio certification numbers for radio equipment.
Some of the requirements that suppliers of such devices must meet before being permitted to display such labelling information electronically include:
● users must be provided with clear instructions on how to access the labelling information stored electronically without requiring special access codes or accessories or having to go through more than three steps in a device’s menu;
● users must be provided with specific instructions which are easily accessible by the average user and included in the user’s manual, operating instructions, packaging material inserts or product related website;
● the labelling information must be programmed by the responsible party and secured in such a manner that it cannot be modified or removed during the course of normal activities that a typical user might be authorized to perform; and
● all of the applicable regulatory information required on the packaging or user instructions must be provided according to the applicable requirements even if it is displayed electronically.
Special requirements apply where devices are imported and where the devices constitute certified transmitter modules. The full list of requirements can be viewed here.
For more information, please contact Theo Ling, Arlan Gates, Lisa Douglas or Eva Warden.