Special Inspection SPE-1000 Field Evaluations
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An accredited inspection body (IB) is defined by the ISO/IEC 17020:2012, Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspections. All authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) in Canada require electrical equipment to be approved to recognized Canadian Standards. This requirement applies to all electrical equipment whether manufactured in Canada or international imports.
Many authorities having jurisdiction in Canada accept a CSA SPE-1000 field evaluation performed by an inspection body accredited by the Standards Council of Canada as a means of confirming that electrical equipment substantially meets Canadian Standards, thereby allowing it to be installed in their jurisdiction. While a field evaluation is not equivalent to certification, it does offer an avenue for specialized or innovative equipment to be installed.
Under this Standard we perform field evaluations/special inspections and the application of approval labels on electrical equipment and systems in accordance with all of the following:
a) custom-built equipment for special applications;
b) equipment manufactured on a non-repetitive basis;
c) equipment sold in quantities of not more than 500 on a national basis, per model, per year;
d) equipment not obtainable as “certified” under a regular certification program;
e) equipment already installed or ready for use on-site and awaiting acceptance by the AHJ;
f) complete systems or subassemblies that are all available for examination and testing during the
evaluation process; and
g) other electrical equipment as determined by the AHJ.
For more information about inspection bodies, please visit the Standards Council of Canada website https://www.scc.ca/en/accreditation/programs/inspection-bodies