Canada grants AEM regulation extension request

By |  February 27, 2017

The Canadian government granted a request made by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) for a one-year extension to the effective date of a regulation requiring testing of electromagnetic emissions coming from mobile equipment powered by batteries and engines.

According to AEM, earlier versions of the regulation focused on spark ignition internal combustion engines but did not mention diesel engines.

The regulation, dubbed ICES-002, Issue 6, was created to assure, certify and label mobile equipment as not emitting signals that could cause radio frequency interference. It was released several years ago; however, in late 2016, AEM recognized the newest version of the regulation included diesel-powered equipment.

AEM Tech and Safety worked with AEM’s Ottawa, Canada, office to identify the challenges presented by Issue 6; review alternative proposals to keep markets open; and make the decision to request an extension of the effective date, AEM adds.

“Many stakeholders joined forces with AEM requesting this extension,” says Mike Pankonin, AEM senior director of technical and safety services. “We are pleased to say that the extension was granted and the date has been extended from January 1, 2017, to January 1, 2018, for equipment using diesel engines. This should provide adequate time for all affected AEM members to get their products tested.”

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