GEN-47—Initial examinations conducted at a factory
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This bulletin applies to authorized service providers (ASPs) who conduct initial examinations of weighing and measuring devices at a factory or their shop.
This bulletin provides guidance to ASPs who conduct initial examinations at a factory or at their shop to ensure that:
- devices are correctly marked
- the correct trade sector of use is captured in Measurement Canada's Online Reporting Application (ORA)
- the correct final destination of devices is captured in ORA
Weights and Measures Act
Weights and Measures Regulations
- Device transfer
- The process of transferring device information from the previous owner to the current owner in Measurement Canada's Online Reporting Application (ORA).
- Examination (previously referred to as "inspection")
(examen (anciennement « inspection »))
- Testing of a device to determine if it meets the requirements of the Weights and Measures Act and Regulations. Examinations can only be carried out by an authorized service provider or a Measurement Canada inspector.
- Examination mark
- A mark that indicates the year a device was initially examined. The mark is applied to a device only after an initial examination is completed.
- Examination sticker
- A self-adhesive label that indicates the month and year in which a device was examined and, if applicable, the month and year of the next required examination.
- The location at which a device is assembled or stored before being examined and shipped to the end-user. The premises of the manufacturer, dealer, distributor or authorized service provider at which the initial examination takes place is considered a factory.
- Mandatory periodic examination
(examen périodique obligatoire)
- An examination carried out at prescribed intervals. Mandatory periodic examinations are usually carried by authorized service providers.
- Next examination due date
(date d'échéance du prochain examen)
- The date by which a device must be next examined. This date is shown on the examination sticker as an expiry date, the device examination certificate and the device transfer notice.
- Trade sector
- An industry sector in which specific commodities are bought and sold on the basis of measure. The terms marketplace sector and category of trade are also used.
5.0 New requirements for devices
As of August 1, 2014, devices used in the following trade sectors are required to undergo a mandatory periodic examination within the prescribed examination periods shown in Table 1.
- Downstream petroleum
- Grain and field crops
- Retail food
- Retail petroleum
|Item||Device||Category of trade||Period|
|1||weighing machine||wholesale trade of dairy products||2 years|
|2||meter||wholesale trade of dairy products||1 year|
|3||any device||downstream petroleum trade||2 years|
|4||any device||wholesale trade of fishing products||1 year|
|5||weighing machine||trade of forestry products||1 year|
|6||device other than a weighing machine used in a grain elevator licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission||wholesale trade of grain and field crop products and services||2 years|
|7||weighing machine used in a grain elevator licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission||wholesale trade of grain and field crop products and services||1 year|
|8||any device||wholesale trade of mining products||2 years|
|9||any device||retail food trade||5 years|
|10||device other than a propane meter||retail petroleum trade||2 years|
|11||propane meter||retail petroleum trade||1 year|
6.0 Location of the next examination due date
After a device has been initially examined at the factory, the next examination due date (NEDD) is indicated on the:
- device examination certificate
- examination sticker under "expires"
After a device has been transferred in ORA, the NEDD appears on the device transfer notice.
7.0 Determination of the next examination due date
The NEDD is calculated based on the Examination Periods table set out in Schedule 1 of the Weights and Measures Regulations and in section 5 of this document.
ORA automatically assigns the NEDD that will appear on the certificate based on the trade sector and device type you select as you enter the examination details. The date punched on the examination sticker is the same as the date that appears on the device examination certificate and in ORA.
8.0 Application of the next examination due date
Which NEDD is applied to devices that are used in more than one trade sector?
The NEDD is calculated based on the shortest examination period (see Table 1) for all the trade sectors in which the device could be used.http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/mc-mc.nsf/eng/lm04887.html#Section8.1
Which NEDD is applied to devices if the end-user trade sector is unknown at the time of the factory initial examination?
The NEDD of a device initially examined at the factory before the sector of use is known is calculated based on the shortest examination period for that device type in any of the categories of trade in Schedule 1 of the Weights and Measures Regulations. For example:
- Platform scales: 1 year
- Computing counter scales: 1 year
- Prepack scales: 1 year
Note: When the device is moved from the factory to a secondary distributor and the end-user trade sector is still unknown, the shortest examination period remains in effect.
What happens if the device is never used in one of the trade sectors in which mandatory periodic examinations are required?
Devices that are never used in one of the trade sectors where mandatory periodic examinations are required will not have a NEDD assigned. ORA automatically leaves the NEDD field on the certificate blank. You must affix an examination sticker to the device and punch "N/A".http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/mc-mc.nsf/eng/lm04887.html#Section8.3
9.0 Initial examinations of devices at the factory
After a device has been initially examined at the factory, you must follow the steps below.
Step 1: Generate a certificate in ORA
After the device passes the initial examination, generate a certificate in ORA.
- A NEDD will appear on the certificate when the device is required to undergo a mandatory periodic examination.
- If the device is not subject to mandatory periodic examinations, no date will appear.
- You must be careful to select the correct trade sector of use in ORA, as it will dictate the length of time between mandatory periodic examinations. If you select the wrong trade sector, it could result in your organization being subject to enforcement actions.
Step 2: Place two stickers on the device
Sticker 1: Examination mark (also referred to as the initial inspection sticker)
- Place the examination mark on or near the device marking plate.
Sticker 2: Examination sticker
- Affix the examination sticker to the device in a place that is visible to the consumer.
- Punch the inspection and expiration dates. If the device is used in a trade sector not subject to mandatory periodic examinations, punch "N/A".
Step 3: Perform a device transfer in ORA when the device is sold or moved
As an ASP, you are responsible for transferring devices in ORA when they are moved from your factory or shop to a new owner or a secondary distributor.
Transfer the device in ORA ensuring that the trade sector is updated and proceed as follows:
- Place a copy the device transfer instructions (see Appendix 1: Instructions for reporting the transfer of ownership of a measuring device) in the device's shipping box, along with the original certificate.
- Place a new examination sticker on the device if the NEDD on the device transfer notice is different from the NEDD on the original certificate (this new sticker shows the new NEDD that appears on the device transfer notice).
- Punch "N/A" on the new examination sticker and place it on the device if there is no NEDD on the device transfer notice.
Note: If you select the wrong trade sector, it could result in your organization being subject to enforcement actions.
10.0 Name on the device examination certificate
- Issue the certificate in the name of the owner if you know:
- the name of the device owner; and
- the trade sector.
- Issue the certificate in the name of the factory if you don't know the name of the device owner.
Note: When the trade sector is unknown, enter mass trade sector (9001) or the trade sector appropriate to the volumetric device on the certificate.
Appendix 1: Instructions for reporting the transfer of ownership of a measuring device
This device was examined by an authorized service provider who is recognized by Measurement Canada to examine and certify weighing and measuring devices. A copy of the device examination certificate has been included with your new device.
Your device has been certified as meeting the requirements of the Weights and Measures Act. As per section 8 of the Act, the device can now be used in trade when goods or services are purchased or sold on the basis of measure. If this device will not be used in trade, Measurement Canada must be notified and the device must be marked "Not for Use in Trade" accordingly.
You should notify Measurement Canada of the change in location and ownership of your device in order to ensure that your device is assigned the correct mandatory examination period, if applicable.
You will need to refer to information found on the device examination certificate, so make sure you have it handy. Measurement Canada needs this information to perform an electronic transfer of the device from the manufacturer, distributor or authorized service provider to your establishment.
The transfer allows Measurement Canada to maintain accurate records of device ownership and location.
Process for reporting a new measuring device
- Go to Measurement Canada's website.
- Click on Selling measured goods, then Reporting the transfer of ownership of a measuring device.
- Follow the prompts to provide the requested information and submit your form.
- Call 613-952-2626 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
- Provide the support desk agent with the requested information about your business or establishment, and your new device.
Measurement Canada will issue a device transfer notice to you by email or fax within five business days.
If your device is used for trade in one of the trade sectors subject to mandatory periodic examinations, the device transfer notice you receive may have a revised next examination due date. Your device will require recertification by that date.
If your device is subject to mandatory periodic examinations, the next examination due date on the device transfer notice and the expiry date on the examination sticker affixed to your device may not match. In such a case, the next examination due date on the device transfer notice is the one that applies. To understand more about your responsibilities as a device owner, visit the Measurement Canada website.
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