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ISED and FCC KDB Procedures

Question: When does Canada permit the use of FCC KDB procedures to demonstrate compliance with ISED standards?


Answer: ISED may accept alternate procedures found within the FCC knowledge database (KDB) when no other measurement procedures or international standards are appropriate.

ISED maintains a current list of their accepted FCC KDBs for EMC/RF and RF exposure-related procedures under the headings at the links below. On these pages ISED also includes expanded ISED reference standards, procedures and other documents.

  • EMC/RF – List of Alternate RF Measurement Procedures Accepted by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ceb-bhst.nsf/eng/h_tt00094.html

  • RF Exposure – List of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) KDB procedures for SAR measurement accepted by Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ceb-bhst.nsf/eng/h_tt00080.html

Any FCC KDB procedure can easily be accessed from the FCC site using the KDB’s number and the KDB Publication Number Search tool at https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/kdb/index.cfm.


Some KDB guidance requires an official KDB inquiry submission with details about the device so the FCC can determine if the test methods and/or procedures are acceptable based on the specific circumstances.


ISED also requires an inquiry be submitted online using its General Inquiry form; Select “Directorate of Regulatory Standards,” then from the dropdown box select “(KDB) FCC KDB procedures accepted by ISED”. Include a copy of the FCC KDB inquiry submission. ISED will make its own determination.



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