S-A-01-G:2016—Accreditation standard guide

(revised )

Table of contents


Revisions table

This document will continue to be periodically reviewed by Measurement Canada to ensure its effectiveness with respect to its objectives. The following revisions are authorized by Alan E. Johnston, President of Measurement Canada.

Revisions table
Date of revision or addition Language Section Nature of the revision or addition
English and French Throughout the document Editorial modifications to simplify the text, eliminate duplications and remove Measurement Canada internal administrative procedures.
English and French 1.3 Add the note from S-A-01.
English and French 3.2 p) Mention what changes to requirements include.
English and French 3.2 r) Clarify that all and any fees associated to the confirmation of the validity of the legal entity of the organization are the responsibility of the organization.
English and French 3.2.1 a)
(previously 3.3 a) and b)
Clarifications regarding the person who needs to complete the Measurement Canada training.
Verification of criminal record checks for "Authorized User".
English and French 4.1 and 4.2.1 Move the text from 4.1 to 4.2.
English and French 6.2.2 Rewording of the text. Mention the maximum period between the practical evaluation and the addition to Schedule A.
English and French 9.5.6 Clarify what an outstanding nonconformance is.
English and French 9.6 Mention that in case of a change of the legal entity, an audit will be conducted and the applicable fees will be charged. The extent of the audit will depend on the changes to the organization.

Previous Revisions Table

Introduction

This edition of S-A-01-G:2016 provides guidance for the application of S-A-01:2016. To facilitate cross-referencing to S-A-01:2016 and ISO 9001:2008 this document has the same clause structure as those standards.

The information contained in this supplementary document does not entail additional requirements. This document provides guidance, direction, and clarification regarding the development, implementation and maintenance of quality systems that are intended to satisfy the requirements contained in S-A-01:2016.

1.0 General

The purpose of this document is to give guidance to enable applicants and other users to have improved consistency, clarity and understanding when applying the requirements of S-A-01:2016. However, this guidance document does not add to, or otherwise change, the requirements of S-A-01:2016.

1.1 Applicability

This document gives guidance to the following users:

  • applicants who want to implement the latest version of S-A-01:2016
  • parties that need to assess the implementation of accreditation program requirements

1.2 Scope of Measurement Canada's accreditation program

The inspection of a conditionally approved device by an ASP is allowed; however, certain guidelines are to be followed prior to a device being inspected and these guidelines can be found in bulletin GEN-04.

1.2.1 Under the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act

No guidance provided

1.2.2 Under the Weights and Measures Act

An organization that is accredited for field inspections is also authorized to conduct inspections at the request of an organization (that is accredited or is not accredited), at the place of business of the organization making the request or in the field, provided that all requirements, including inspection conditions described in the test procedures and S-A-01:2016, section 7.6 Control of monitoring and measuring devices, are met by the accredited organization conducting the inspection.

Bulletin GEN 41—Type Approval and Inspection of Devices: Clarification of What Is Considered Trade clarifies which activities are considered trade in order to determine whether devices used in trade require type approval and inspection.

The Submit inspection results page on Measurement Canada's website provides all the information related to device types.

Note: Inspections of devices belonging to companies licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission to operate transfer or terminal elevators are typically carried out by Canadian Grain Commission inspectors who have been recognized by Measurement Canada.

1.3 Excluded from the scope of the accreditation program

Inspections of systems for liquefied petroleum gases, such as propane and butane (product code 31) and anhydrous ammonia (NH3, product code 32) are included in the present scope of accreditation.

Subsequent inspections of non-automatic weighing devices used in the precious metal and precious stones sector which were initially inspected after the coming into force of the Specifications Relating to Non-automatic Weighing Devices (1998) are included in the present scope of accreditation.

1.4 Eligibility

1.4.1 Additional requirement applicable to weights and measures organizations

No guidance provided.

2.0 Definitions

2.1 Definitions applicable to all organizations

No guidance provided.

2.2 Additional definitions applicable to weights and measures organizations

For weights and measures sites, the authority is typically associated with a middle management role or supervisory role.

Such delegated authority for management at this additional location or site could be for one or more of the following:

  1. the training or evaluation of competencies of the technicians, as they relate to inspection duties
  2. storage of quality records (e.g. records for training, device inspection, standards calibration and designation)
  3. ensuring a valid calibration and designation of standards used for inspection purposes

This list is not exhaustive and there could be other factors that may be considered to establish a location as an additional location or site by Measurement Canada.

2.3 Additional definitions applicable to electricity and gas organizations

No guidance provided.

3.0 Responsibilities

3.1 Measurement Canada

j) The frequency of audits of remote locations and sites is dependent on the extent of the processes and activities at the remote location or site.

3.2 All organizations

Organizations seeking accreditation to perform inspections pursuant to the Weights and Measures Act should define the number of persons requiring the mandatory training from Measurement Canada.

  • p) The changes to requirements include changes that may be brought about by changes to legislation, technical specifications, bulletins, policies, procedures or the accreditation standard.
  • r) All and any fees associated to the confirmation of the validity of the legal entity status are the responsibility of the organization. An online search or hard copy from the governing body is deemed acceptable.

3.2.1 Additional responsibilities of weights and measures organizations

  • a) The requirement is that the accredited organization has one employee at all times who has received the training directly from Measurement Canada. There is no requirement for this person to be a recognized technician, or for this person to have received a practical evaluation, or for this person to be the one who delivers the training to others.
  • b) Regarding the Authorized User, the requirement would apply to programmers either employed directly by the organization or sub-contracted to perform work for the organization.
  • i) Legal requirements include those related to device configuration, performance and installation.

3.2.2 Additional responsibilities of electricity and gas organizations

No guidance provided.

3.3 Fees payable to Measurement Canada

All fees are subject to applicable taxes.

Examples of fees payable to Measurement Canada

Example 1

Accreditation audit conducted in January 2016; no expansions of scope are granted in 2016.

Fee payable = Accreditation audit fee $1,000 (plus applicable taxes)

Example 2

Accreditation audit conducted in January 2016; one expansion of scope audit is conducted prior to the end December 2016.

Fee payable

  • = Accreditation audit $1,000 (plus applicable taxes)
  • = Expansion of scope audit $1,000 (plus applicable taxes)

Example 3

Accreditation audit conducted in January 2015. Combined expansion of scope and surveillance audit conducted in 2016.

Fee payable for year 2015 = accreditation audit fee $1,000 (plus applicable taxes)

Fee payable for year 2016 = expansion of scope / surveillance audit fee $1,000 (plus applicable taxes)

Guidance applicable to weights and Measures Organizations

If an organization wishes to send three individuals on a five-day training session which starts at 1:00 p.m. on Monday and ends at noon on Friday of the same week, the fees would be:

3 individuals × 5 days × $100 each = $1,500 (plus applicable taxes)

There are no fees for practical examinations. However, if they are performed during an initial inspection, the normal fees for the inspection apply.

4.0 Quality management system requirements

4.1 General requirements

No guidance provided.

4.2 Documentation requirements

4.2.1 General

Where the term procedure is used, it is meant to include other mechanisms for describing activities or actions, such as processes, process flow charts, other diagrams, etc.

Determining full compliance to these requirements is a two-step process: documentation review and on-site auditing. Quality management system documentation submitted to Measurement Canada for documentation review should demonstrate a commitment to meeting S-A-01:2016 requirements. Technical procedures should reference the forms that are completed in the process. Evidence that the procedures are effective in meeting requirements is usually confirmed at the time of audit.

Organizations may structure their quality management system documentation in any fashion, as long as all requirements are adequately addressed.

4.2.2 Quality manual

Guidance applicable to weights and measures organizations

The device types, product types and the physical standard types can be selected from appendices in the Online Reporting Application (ORA) User Manual.

An accredited organization is not required to list the makes and models of devices in its quality management system manual. However, the device model number should appear on the test report form that is completed when an inspection is performed and inspection data and results are submitted.

Guidance applicable to electricity and gas organizations

The required list may be part of the quality management system documentation or be maintained through other means.

Certain device types may have particular makes and models with various available ranges. In such cases, specifying the particular ranges intended to be verified or reverified assists in ensuring the organization has measuring apparatus and test equipment to cover all applicable ranges of operation.

4.2.3 Control of documents

Guidance applicable to weights and measures organizations

Accredited organizations may choose to provide their personnel with either paper or electronic (e.g. CD) copies of the documents mentioned in S-A-01:2016. As an option, it is also acceptable that accredited organizations refer to the documents located on the Measurement Canada website provided that their personnel, including those who perform field inspections, have direct access to them at all times. Accredited organizations may choose to make available to their personnel, copies of Measurement Canada's Weights and Measures Inspection Manual (Field Inspection Manual, Inspection Procedure Outlines and Standard Test Procedures for Mass and Volume) as work instructions, or include their own evaluation and inspection procedures in their quality management system documentation in the form of work instructions that have been reviewed and accepted by Measurement Canada prior to implementation.

4.2.4 Control of records

An organization can establish and maintain inspection and test records in a variety of ways (travellers, field notes, test reports, checklists, etc.). Inspection and test records may refer to the applicable weights and measures standard test procedures and inspection procedure outlines without repeating their content. Inspection and test records may be designed to cover a variety of device types in a single record.

Evidence that records have been established and maintained is determined during the on-site audit process.

Guidance applicable to weights and measures organizations

The Online Reporting Application User Manual provides all the necessary details regarding inspection certificates.

5.0 Management responsibility

5.1 Management commitment

No guidance provided.

5.2 Customer focus

No guidance provided.

5.3 Quality policy

No guidance provided.

5.4 Planning

5.4.1 Quality objectives

No guidance provided.

5.4.2 Quality management system planning

For product realization, organizations need only address those areas specified in section 1.2 of this standard. That is, when planning to address quality planning for inspection purposes, all legal requirements will be implemented within the context of section 1.2, in order to obtain or maintain accreditation.

Section 1.2 forms the auditing basis of this standard, in terms of processes addressed by an organization planning to perform inspections according to the applicable act.

5.5 Responsibility, authority and communication

5.5.1 Responsibility and authority

No guidance provided.

5.5.2 Management representative

The management representative is responsible for liaising with Measurement Canada on matters relating to the accreditation of the organization and its quality management system.

5.5.3 Internal communication

Organizations will not be required to establish and document procedures describing internal communication processes. The effectiveness of internal communications will be determined during the audit process.

5.6 Management review

5.6.1 General

No guidance provided.

5.6.2 Review input

Organizations will not be required to establish and document procedures describing the management review input process. The effectiveness of the management review will be determined during the audit process. With the exception of customer satisfaction, Measurement Canada auditors will expect to see all review inputs addressed during the management review process.

No action will be taken by Measurement Canada if the organization does not consider customer satisfaction as an input to the management review process (also see sections 8.2.1 and 8.5.1 of this guide).

5.6.3 Review output

Organizations will not be required to establish and document procedures describing the management review output process. Measurement Canada auditors will expect to see all review outputs addressed during the management review process; however, Measurement Canada auditors will not expect improvements to products that exceed Measurement Canada legal requirements.

6.0 Resource management

6.1 Provision of resources

No guidance provided.

6.2 Human resources

No guidance provided.

6.2.1 General

No guidance provided.

6.2.2 Competence, training and awareness

Guidance applicable to weights and measures organizations

Measurement Canada will evaluate candidates through a theoretical and a practical examination. A mark of 70% or higher is required to pass examinations.

A candidate who fails an examination for the first time will be given an opportunity to take a make-up examination. A second failure will result in certain conditions having to be met, such as having to attend the training again and redo the examination. A further failure would result in the candidate not being qualified as a recognized technician by Measurement Canada. Even if a technician is already recognized for a certain scope, subsequent examination failures for new scopes could result in the existing recognition being withdrawn.

If the technician is not recognized within 12 months following the practical examination, another successful practical examination will be required before the technician can be recognized.

Measurement Canada will determine the device type, product, standard and procedure required for the practical examinations based on the scope requested for the technician.

Measurement Canada reserves the right to monitor technicians at any time. If a recognized technician is found to no longer have the required knowledge or skills, the technician's recognition may be suspended by Measurement Canada.

If specialized training is not yet available through Measurement Canada, Measurement Canada may accept that the training be given by other means. Measurement Canada can provide the conditions that must be met by the organization given the specific circumstances. In all cases, Measurement Canada will remain responsible for evaluating all candidates through theoretical and practical evaluation.

Measurement Canada reserves the right to refuse to add a technician to the Schedule A of any authorized service provider or to restrict the technician's scope.

6.3 Infrastructure

No guidance provided.

6.4 Work environment

No guidance provided.

7.0 Product realization

7.1 Planning of product realization

Product realization is applied within the context of section 4.2.2 of S-A-01:2016 including all of the requirements a) through e). Other production processes do not have to be addressed unless they incorporate aspects of final inspection.

7.2 Customer-related processes

7.2.1 Determination of requirements related to the product

No guidance provided.

7.2.2 Review of requirements related to the product

No guidance provided.

7.2.3 Customer communication

No guidance provided.

7.3 Design and development

No guidance provided.

7.4 Purchasing

7.4.1 Purchasing process

The packing, handling, storage, preservation and transportation of trade devices for which the accredited organization has responsibility may be outsourced. The necessary instructions should be given to the supplier, and effective processes should be implemented to control these activities.

Guidance applicable to weights and measures organizations

Accredited organizations may outsource the assembly and installation of devices (vehicle scales, hopper scales, loading rack meters, etc.). However, they should provide all the necessary instructions, plans, blueprints, etc.; and should exercise the necessary controls to ensure that the assembly and installation is done by the supplier in accordance with all the device manufacturer's specifications and instructions, and in accordance with Measurement Canada requirements.

Guidance applicable to electricity and gas organizations

Outsourcing of final inspection of devices; the responsibility for issuing inspection certificates, or the responsibility for selecting the sample to be evaluated is permitted where the supplier is also accredited by Measurement Canada for these activities.

For the purpose of obtaining accreditation pursuant to the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and Regulations, in instances where accredited organizations outsource the following should apply:

  1. activities outsourced by an accredited organization are considered to be part of its operations. Even if these activities are not directly performed by the accredited organization, the organization should address the activities as part of their quality management system. This includes evaluating suppliers. Suppliers may also be subject to Measurement Canada audit;
  2. accredited organizations that outsource for the provision of the services listed below should ensure that the supplier has been evaluated and performs these activities in a controlled manner:
    • compliance sample lot formation and selection
    • validation and authorization of compliance sample lot formation and selection
    • retrieval of compliance sample meters
    • cleaning and calibration of meters for reverification, excluding compliance sample meters
    • inspection during verification, reverification (including compliance sampling), sealing issuing and retention of inspection certificates
    • the work of retrofitting diaphragm meters in situ with an automatic meter reading device;
    • handling, storage, preservation and delivery
    • quality and inspection records
    • internal audits
  3. in all instances, when an accredited organization outsources device related activities, the organization is responsible for ensuring that the device related activities are carried out in a controlled manner. The accredited organization should set out the criteria and the basis for the selection of suppliers;
  4. the following services should only be outsourced to organizations that are also accredited to perform these activities:
    • validation and authorization of compliance sample formation and selection
    • final inspection during verification, reverification (including compliance sampling), sealing of meters
    • issuing and retention of inspection certificates
  5. inspection, sealing, and issuing of the inspection certificate for any meter should be performed by the same organization;
  6. accredited organizations may only outsource the selection of compliance sample meters where a Measurement Canada accepted methodology is used. The validation and authorization of compliance sample lot formation and sample selection may only be performed by an organization which is accredited for compliance sampling of that meter type;
  7. for retrieval of compliance sample meters, conducted by non-accredited organizations, the handling, storage, preservation and delivery activities should be evaluated by the accredited organization which is outsourcing these services;
  8. in the case of shipping devices post inspection (including the return of compliance sample meters), the handling, storage, preservation and delivery requirements are to be applied to the original point of shipment. This does not absolve a meter owner or contractor from the responsibilities arising from section 16 of the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act. Measurement Canada may periodically monitor the performance of in-service meters. Any non-conformances arising from these monitoring activities should be addressed by the meter owner.
  9. This guidance applies only to accredited organizations outsourcing the work of retrofitting diaphragm meters in situ with an automatic meter reading device. Those employed by an accredited organization who come under the direct control and supervision of the subject organization may be recognized by Measurement Canada as being eligible to perform the automatic meter reading device installation work, including the breaking of meter seals and the resealing of the meters being retrofitted. In this case, being employed by or under the control and direction of an accredited organization is sufficient. It is not required to be an employee of the organization. This means that an accredited organization can outsource the work but must take actions to demonstrate that it has remained in control of the work performed by the supplier. Under no circumstance(s), will the outsourcing of work be permitted for the verification or reverification of meters.

The paired difference experiment tests, which need to be performed for the purpose of establishing appropriate automatic meter reading device installation procedures, will need to be accepted by Measurement Canada prior to granting the expansion of scope. See bulletin G-19 for the prerequisite conditions.

Sections 7.4.1 a), b) and c) of this guide are also applicable to outsourcing the work of retrofitting diaphragm meters in situ with an automatic meter reading device.

7.4.2 Purchasing information

Incoming replacement parts and device components should be inspected to ensure that they conform to the manufacturer's specifications and that they are of types approved by Measurement Canada.

7.4.3 Verification of purchased product

No guidance provided.

7.5 Production and service provision

7.5.1 Control of production and service provision

No guidance provided.

7.5.2 Validation of processes for production and service provision

No guidance provided.

7.5.3 Identification and traceability

For traceability purposes, the identification of the physical standard used for the inspection, can be done by recording the individual physical standard identification number, kit number or the series number (e.g. XX-01 to XX-20) on the inspection certificate (or when submitting device inspection data and results, if applicable), on a test report or any other document kept by the organization.

Guidance applicable to weights and measures organizations

As there is no legal requirement in the Weights and Measures Act, it was established that, until further notice, the use of the year mark on seals used by authorized service providers is permissible and left up to each organization to apply or not as they see fit, and that Measurement Canada will not take any enforcement action where a seal is marked with a year which differs from the one stated on the inspection certificate.

7.5.4 Customer property

No guidance provided.

7.5.5 Preservation of product

No guidance provided.

7.6 Control of monitoring and measuring equipment

Organizations that apply to receive and/or receive accreditation from Measurement Canada to perform inspections may in some circumstances be able to borrow some certification equipment from the local Measurement Canada district office. The conditions under which the equipment may be borrowed is governed by bulletin GEN-37.

Guidance applicable to weights and measures

Particular attention for physical standards:

  • Electronic Thermometer ice point test / paragraph 5 of bulletin V-24

Guidance applicable to electricity and gas

Measurement Canada delegates certain authorities for the calibration and certification measuring apparatus to qualified organizations. The conditions for this delegation are set out in Conditions for the Delegation of Authority for the Calibration and Certification of Measuring Apparatus Pursuant to the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act, C D 01:2010.

8.0 Measurement, analysis and improvement

8.1 General

No guidance provided.

8.2 Monitoring and measurement

8.2.1 Customer satisfaction

No guidance provided.

8.2.2 Internal audit

The requirement states that auditors must not audit their own work. In circumstances where this could not be achieved, such as in a small business for example, the organization needs to document the situation and propose a solution to the Measurement Canada for assessment. It would be expected that the organization would need to revise their documented internal audit procedure. Advice and guidance from the ISO document titled ISO 9001, For Small Businesses, What to do, Advice from ISO/TC 176, as well the definition of an audit from ISO 9000:2005 and the guidance on independence from section 4 of ISO 19011:2011should be considered when developing a solution.

The objective will be to ensure that the auditors conducting the internal audit are competent and as independent of the work or processes being audited as possible. The organization should demonstrate how the auditor will achieve objectivity and impartiality during the internal audit to ensure that there will not be any actual or potential conflict of interest.

The solution will be considered effective if Measurement Canada does not find any audit evidence contrary to the internal audit.

8.2.3 Monitoring and measurement of processes

Guidance applicable to weights and measures organizations

The inspection of devices at the factory or any location other than the intended point of use may be subject to supplementary requirements such as those found in Measurement Canada bulletins.

The inspection of mass devices at the factory or any location other than the intended point of use is subject to the requirements found in the latest version of Measurement Canada bulletin M-23—Inspection of scales that are affected by differences in acceleration due to gravity.

8.2.4 Monitoring and measurement of product

Guidance applicable to weights and measures organizations

Accredited organizations are not required to submit the reports required under sections 40, 41 and 42 of the Weights and Measures Regulations when the devices being serviced (repaired, altered or adjusted) are of the types included in the scope of their accreditation and for which a recognized technician submits device inspection data and results, since the submission of data and results serve this purpose. In all other circumstances, when a seal is broken or a device is repaired, altered or adjusted, accredited organizations are to send the reports required under sections 40, 41 and 42 of the Weights and Measures Regulations.

Accredited organizations are neither permitted nor required to lock devices out of service or seize devices.

An inspection certificate certifying that the device meets the requirements of the Weights and Measures Act may be issued only after a complete inspection performed by recognized. A complete inspection is not required when issuing a rejection certificate for a device that does not meet the requirements.

Devices, within an organization's accreditation scope, may be serviced by a non-recognized person of the accredited organization. If the device owner wishes to obtain a certificate, a recognized technician of the accredited organization is to perform the inspection of the device and submit device inspection data and results. Accredited organizations may submit device inspection data and results only for device types that fall within their scope of accreditation.

A portable device (e.g. computing scale, point of sale scale) may be inspected on site (exemption from section 28 of the Weights and Measures Regulations) as long as the inspection is performed before the accredited organization disposes of the device and before the device is used in trade.

Note: Although it is not a requirement of accreditation, organizations are requested to notify Measurement Canada when they find that the use requirements of the Weights and Measures Act and Regulations are contravened (e.g. a scale is not properly set to zero before use; a device is used fraudulently; no tare is applied; load not fully supported by the weighing and load receiving element, etc.).

Guidance applicable to electricity and gas organizations

To assist Measurement Canada staff and accredited organizations in determining electricity and gas contractor registration, Measurement Canada has published an electricity and gas contractor registry.

8.3 Control of nonconforming product

No guidance provided.

8.4 Analysis of data

No guidance provided.

8.5 Improvement

8.5.1 Continual improvement

Measurement Canada will exclude customer satisfaction from its audit scope and limits its continual improvement expectations to the use of the quality policy, quality objectives, audit results, analysis of data, corrective and preventive actions and management review.

No action will be taken by Measurement Canada if the organization does not consider customer satisfaction as an input to the management review and continual improvement processes (also see sections 5.6.2 and 8.2.1 of this guide).

8.5.2 Corrective action

No guidance provided.

8.5.3 Preventive action

No guidance provided.

9.0 Accreditation process

9.1 General

No guidance provided.

9.1.1 Application for accreditation

No guidance provided.

9.1.2 Evaluation of applicant's documentation

No guidance provided.

9.1.3 Witness inspection process

No guidance provided.

9.1.4 Accreditation audits

No guidance provided.

9.1.5 Granting of accreditation

No guidance provided.

9.1.6 Maintenance of accreditation

No guidance provided.

9.1.6.1 Product audits

Weights and measures product audits

Weights and measures product audits will be planned in such a manner that as a minimum, over a three-year period, a device subtype for which a recognized technician is recognized and which he or she has inspected has been subjected to a product audit. In addition, over a three-year period, all device subtypes under an accredited organization's scope will be subjected to a product audit, provided that the organization has performed inspections of the device subtypes within that period.

Electricity and gas product audits

Electricity and gas product audits will be planned in such a manner that as a minimum, over a three-year period, some devices inspected by each technician and other personnel involved in final inspection have been subjected to a product audit and all device types and inspection types under an accredited organization's scope have been subjected to a product audit.

For a fully automated system in an electrical manufacturing facility where there is a final inspection validation process or the system is self-validating, and no technician or other personnel is involved in making decisions on the test and its results, product audits may be conducted at Canadian utilities or other locations with suitable certified test equipment before the meters are distributed in the Canadian marketplace.

9.1.6.2 Loss of a recognized technician from accredited weights and measures organizations

No guidance provided.

9.2 Appeal process

No guidance provided.

9.3 Suspension of accreditation

No guidance provided.

9.3.1 Reinstatement of accreditation

No guidance provided.

9.4 Revocation of accreditation

No guidance provided.

9.5 Expansions of scope, minor revisions, additions of locations and additions to the list of recognized technicians

No guidance provided.

9.5.1 Expansions of scope

No guidance provided.

9.5.2 Minor revisions that require Measurement Canada acceptance and apply to electricity and gas organizations

The applicant's request for a minor electricity or gas revision should confirm that the organization has:

  • reviewed their existing documentation and have determined that there are no changes required to their existing test procedures
  • assessed their measuring and test equipment to ensure that the additional meter model can be tested using the existing certified test points (electricity), flow rates or volumes (gas) of the measuring apparatus
  • in the case of electricity, performed a burden evaluation to ensure that the additional model does not cause a burden effect beyond the limits which were established, and provided in writing with the request, the certified console burden limits and the burden test results for the new meter

9.5.3 Minor revisions requiring notification

No guidance provided.

9.5.4 Addition of locations to the scope of accreditation

No guidance provided.

9.5.4.1 Addition of locations (weights and measures)

No guidance provided.

9.5.5 Additions to the list of recognized technicians

No guidance provided.

9.5.6 Outstanding nonconformances and outstanding fees

For the purposes of this article, an outstanding nonconformance is a nonconformances for which the deadlines established by Measurement Canada are not met by the organization.

Delinquent accounts may be of any sort and not necessarily related to the accreditation program (e.g. device approval fees, calibration fees, initial inspection fees, etc.).

9.6 Changes to accredited organizations

It is important that authorized service providers notify Measurement Canada, early on, of any ownership or other structural change being planned, so that a smooth and seamless transition can be planned for the continued recognition by Measurement Canada of inspection work being performed by the organization.

It should be noted that fees may apply. For example, if an accredited authorized service provider decides to suspend its accreditation and seek accreditation under a different legal entity, an audit will be conducted and the applicable fees will be charged. The extent of the audit will depend on the changes to the organization.

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