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Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada
(CETA) - Protocol on Conformity Assessment

CETA is a new trade agreement between the EU and Canada that makes it easier to export goods and services, benefitting people and businesses in both the EU and Canada.

Under the CETA Protocol on Conformity Assessment (hereafter: CETA Protocol), the EU and Canada agree to accept each other's conformity assessment certificates for specific sectors. This means that a designated conformity assessment body in the EU can test EU products for export to Canada according to Canadian rules and vice versa. This is particularly helpful to smaller companies as they don't pay twice for the same test, and time to market is shortened as products are not tested and certified in the country of destination.

The CETA Protocol enters into provisional application from 21 September 2017. With the entry into provisional application of the CETA Protocol, the EU and Canada can designate their conformity assessment bodies to assess and certify products which are exported to the other country in accordance with that country's requirements - for the following sectors:

  • Electrical and electronic equipment, including electrical installations and appliances, and related components
  • Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment
  • Toys
  • Construction products
  • Machinery, including parts, components, including safety components, interchangeable equipment, and assemblies of machines
  • Measuring instruments
  • Hot-water boilers, including related appliances
  • Equipment, machines, apparatus, devices, control components, protection systems, safety devices, controlling devices and regulating devices, and related instrumentation and prevention and detection systems for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX equipment)
  • Equipment for use outdoors as it relates to noise emission in the environment
  • Recreational craft and their components

About CETA

Text of the CETA Protocol on Conformity Assessment

List in NANDO of Canadian designated conformity assessment bodies (CABs)

Canadian web site listing designated Testing Laboratories:

List of Certification Bodies:

List of Accreditation Bodies