Accreditation of certification bodies and certification of electronic logging devices

Based on feedback from stakeholders, both hardware and software/smartphone apps must be tested and certified by a third-party certification body accredited by the Minister of Transport.

The changes to Section 79 of the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations(the Regulations) allow certification bodies to apply for accreditation so that they can test and certify electronic logging devices (ELDs). Transport Canada has partnered with Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada's national accreditation body, to develop and implement the accreditation scheme for electronic logging device certification bodies. Transport Canada is the certification scheme-owner.

We have also created an Electronic Logging Device Certification Stakeholder Advisory Committee to work with the Standards Council of Canada. Together Transport Canada, Standards Council of Canada, and the advisory committee will:

  • maintain an open and transparent process;
  • inform the certification scheme as it's being developed and put in place;
  • act as a forum for device providers, accredited certification bodies, the Standards Council of Canada, and Transport Canada; and
  • discuss and solve issues related to the testing and certification scheme.

If you are an electronic logging device manufacturer or supplier, accredited certification body or certification body-applicant, member of a provincial/territorial government agency, or a representative of a national industry association and you want to join the ELD Certification Stakeholder Advisory Committee, please email us: MVS-SA@tc.gc.ca.

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Get accredited by the Standards Council of Canada

Before applying for electronic logging devices accreditation from Transport Canada, Standards Council of Canada accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 (Conformity Assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services) electronic logging device scheme is required. Transport Canada is not directly involved in the ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation. The certification body must work directly with Standards Council of Canada, meeting all obligations required by the accreditation. All costs associated with ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation is the responsibility of the certification body.

To apply for ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation or to add the electronic logging devices scheme to your existing scope, contact the Standards Council of Canada (https://www.scc.ca/en/accreditation/get-accredited).

The following documents can help you with your application:

The Standards Council of Canada will use technical experts to assess your application to:

  • confirm your knowledge of the Technical Standard (the Standard) and the Regulations
  • assess your testing methodology and the anticipated results of that methodology

Once the application review and assessment is done, the Standards Council of Canada will provide the certification body with an Accreditation Report which will be required to apply for section 79 accreditation.

Send an application for section 79 accreditation to Transport Canada

Email MVS-SA@tc.gc.ca to request a copy of:

  • Application for Electronic Logging Device Certification Body Accreditation
  • Guidance Document – Electronic Logging Device Certification Body Accreditation Program
  • Electronic Logging Device Test Procedures

Send your completed application form and the Standards Council of Canada Accreditation Report to MVS-SA@tc.gc.ca.

Get your results

We will try to make a decision within a month of receiving your application package. Once a decision is made, we will send you a notification. Accreditation is valid for five years, unless it's suspended or cancelled.

Once you're accredited

If you're accredited, your name will be included in our registry of accredited certification bodies. Companies that make electronic logging devices will use the registry to find a company to test and certify their device, software or app.

Your responsibilities as a certification body

You must test electronic logging devices using a detailed, step-by-step process that has been developed by Transport Canada and the National Research Council.

Each section of the Technical Standard has requirements that could require simulations, bench-top or in-vehicle testing. These test procedures will help to make sure tests are comprehensive and consistent, regardless of who is doing them. We will make the test procedures available once the application phase starts.

Once a device is certified, you must give the vendor a unique certification number that they will incorporate into the certified software.

You will need to keep an official registry of the devices that you certify on your website. As a certification body, you maintain overall authority on the certification status of each model. If there are new device certifications or changes to certification status, including non-conforming status, you must inform Transport Canada within seven days.

As required by the ISO/IEC 17065 electronic logging device scheme, the certification body must conduct surveillance activities to make sure that electronic logging devices continue to comply with the Standard and the Regulations. Electronic logging device scheme surveillance activities include re-testing a minimum of 25% of the test procedures on each device annually, with no repeat tests over the course of a four year cycle. If there are known issues and/or concerns, additional tests may be added to the testing.

In most cases, you are responsible for determining the criteria for recertification. Re-certification is usually focused on dealing with the specific requirements that have been changed.

Certification of electronic logging devices

If your company makes devices or software, you will need to make sure that they conform to the Standard and the Regulations.

  • Once applications open in March 2020, you can ask for a copy of the test procedures by emailing MVS-SA@tc.gc.ca.
  • If you are an electronic logging device manufacturer or supplier, accredited certification body or certification body-applicant, member of a provincial/territorial government agency, or a representative of a national industry association and you want to join the ELD Certification Stakeholder Advisory Committee, please email us: MVS-SA@tc.gc.ca.

Where to find an accredited certification body

Please check the registry of accredited certification bodies.

You can start the testing and certification process by picking an accredited certification body and entering into an agreement with them. You're responsible for any costs related to testing and certification.

Electronic logging devices must only be tested and certified by an accredited certification body.

After your device is certified

Once a device is certified, the certification body will give you a certification number. This must be embedded in your software in the appropriate data field.

After your electronic logging device is certified, you must inform your certification body about any updates or changes that you make to the device. The certification body will tell you what your next steps should be.

Your certified device will form part of a list of certified electronic logging devices on Transport Canada's website. This list may be used by motor carriers and road-side enforcement for verification purposes, however the certification body maintains the overall authority over the certification status of each model. Please contact the Certification Body directly for specific model enquiries.

The list of certified electronic logging devices will include each device's:

  • vendor name
  • product model name and number
  • version of the technical standard that it complies with
  • software version
  • certification body name
  • certification date
  • certification number, and
  • certification status

Transport Canada will provide notifications for certified electronic logging devices regarding any revisions to the Standard, test procedures, Regulations or guidance documents. Your certification will have to meet the new requirements, including possible re-certification related to the revisions and the date by which time all certified ELDs must meet the requirements. Transport Canada or your Certification Body will advise you if action is required.