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Canadian ELD Certification Body Named

Accreditation to test and certify ELDs given to FPInnovations.

J.J. Keller Editor Heather Ness

Heather Ness - DOT Editor - J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

November 30 , 2020

Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is effective June 12, 2021. While the US rules require the self-certification of ELDs, this is not the case in Canada. To be used in Canada, ELDs must be tested and certified by a third-party certification body before being used.

Canada's ELD Certification Process

Canada’s Minister of Transport has named FPInnovations as an ELD third-party certification body. FPInnovations is the first accredited third-party authorized to test and certify that ELDs meet Canada’s technical specifications. This opens the door for ELD providers to submit their devices for testing.

US carriers operating in Canada that are subject to the federal hours of service regulations will be required to use a third-party-certified ELD as of June 12, 2021. Carriers using an ELD provider who is not third-party certified will need to switch ELD providers if they wish to continue operating in Canada. (NOTE: J. J. Keller will pursue third-party certification of its ELD.)

FPInnovations met a rigorous set of criteria established by the Standards Council of Canada to become an accredited certification body. ELD providers will need to contact FPInnovations for details on how to submit their devices for testing and certification. As FPInnovations starts testing and certifying ELDs, the company will list approved and certified ELD providers on its website. Transport Canada will also maintain a list of tested and certified ELDs/ELD providers.

Once FPInnovations tests and certifies an ELD, the company will provide the ELD provider with a certification number which must be embedded in the ELD’s software.  

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