An ORD is a document developed by a certification body, in the absence of a recognized Canadian standard, to establish safety and performance criteria for a new product or service. ORDs intend to assure Regulatory Authorities and industry associations
that a level of safety or performance, equal to that
of existing standards for similar functions, is being maintained. To be used for certification, an ORD must be validated by the applicable Regulatory Authority Advisory Bod[y/ies] (RAABs).

An ORD is:

  • Intended as a temporary document for certification to allow time for full standard development
  • Submitted with confirmation of intent to develop a standard
  • Used to certify products and services in regulated areas, and must be validated by RAABs
  • Ideal for new technology areas that have not yet been addressed through regulation or existing Canadian standards
  • Developed by an SCC-accredited certification body
  • A process unique to CanadaServes as temporary standards documents that are used to certify products in regulated areas.
1. Need Identification
Submit information package to applicable Regulatory Authority Advisory Bodies (RAABs)
2. Need Confirmation
Submit to RAABs for validation of need (may be combined with Step 4)
3. Development
Draft ORD, consulting applicable standards development organizations on technical content as needed
4. Submission
Submit package with final draft within 9 months of need confirmation
5. Validation
RAABs review, CB revises as required to achieve validation
6. Publication
ORD published, information shared with SCC and stakeholders
7. Maintenance
ORD valid for 5 years, to be integrated into a standard, expired or, exceptionally, to be revised or revalidated

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