Electrical Certification and Medical Devices

Medical Devices

In addition to the electrical certification, all medical devices intended for use on humans must be licensed by Health Canada.  A piece of equipment is considered a medical device it is represented as a diagnostic tool by its manufacturer and it is intended to be used on human beings. It is important to note that licensing as a medical device does not necessarily include CSA electrical certification. To determine whether a medical device is licensed for use in Canada, please refer to the Health Canada webpage. A searchable database of all licensed medical devices is provided.

If a medical device is not licensed for use in Canada and a P.I. wishes to use it in their research, please contact EHS for more information.


Electrical Certification

In accordance with the BC Electrical Safety Regulation (2004), all electrical equipment, including medical devices, must contain a certification mark as indicated by the British Columbia Safety Authority.  To determine whether a piece of equipment has an approved certification mark, please refer to the BC Safety Authority webpage

If a piece of equipment does not have an approved certification mark, Intertek Testing Services, located in Coquitlam, can certify the equipment for a fee. Intertek's phone number is 604-520-3321.

Please note that battery operated equipment does not require electrical certification.  However, the associated battery charger must contain a BC Safety Authority approved certification mark.