Certification procedures for ID devices

This page contains the instructions for the ICAR certification procedures related to:

  • ISO Conformance/Performance test for RFID devices
  • Composition and environmental performance for RFID ear tags
  • Device Composition and Environmental Performance test for conventional ear tags
  • Re-certification of RFID devices or conventional ear tags

 

ISO Conformance/Performance test for RFID devices

ICAR is the Registration Authority of ISO for the standards ISO 11784/11785. Manufacturers of RFID ear tags, leg tags, ruminal boluses, and injectable transponders can apply to ICAR for testing and certifying their products as follows:

  1. RFID Conformance test (ISO 24631-1): Conformance testing is required to demonstrate transponders meet the specifications and standards outlined in ISO 11784 and ISO 11785. This test leads to the registration of the device and the allocation of a manufacturer/product code.
  2. RFID Performance test (ISO 24631-3): Performance testing is an evaluation of the following characteristics of the device: modulation amplitude, bit length stability, minimum activation field strength, resonance frequency, amplitude voltage response (Vss). This test is not obligatory, it does not lead to a certificate but provides useful information about the performance of the transponder.

After the first successful Conformance test is completed, a shared manufacturer code of 900 is granted to the manufacturer. With the 900 code, ICAR allocates a set of one million codes restricted for the exclusive use of the manufacturer.

You can find the full information in the ICAR Guidelines Section 10:

Application forms

Once you submited the application form, ICAR will provide the instructions for the submission of the samples to be tested and the invoice to be paid before the test starts.

The duration of a conformance test (with or without performance test) is approximately 2-4 weeks, and requested samples are 50. For more information, including costs, please contact the ICAR Secretariat at andie@icar.org.

ICAR’s official communication about the confidentiality of test reports can be found here.

 

 

Composition and environmental performance for RFID ear tags

Manufacturers of RFID ear tags can apply to ICAR for testing and certifying their products for Device Composition and Environmental Performance, including Conformance with ISO standards 11784/11785. In this way RFID ear tags will be tested and fully certified, as regards the quality and performance of both the external plastic material and the RFID transponder.

The test is carried out in two phases:

  1. Preliminary Assessment: ear tag design; locking mechanism; application; electronic readability.
  2. Laboratory test: material characteristics; harmful substances; electronic readability; resistance to: artificial ageing, tensile loading, impact of free fall, cold, dry heat, damp heat and cold; typography readability; colour contrast change.

You can find the full information in the ICAR Guidelines Section 10:

Application form

Once you submited the application form, ICAR will provide the instructions for the submission of the samples to be tested and the invoice to be paid before the test starts. For more information, including costs, please contact the ICAR Secretariat at andie@icar.org.

ICAR’s official communication about the confidentiality of test reports can be found here.

 

Device composition and environmental performance test for conventional ear tags

ICAR offers to manufacturers of conventional (visual) plastic ear tags the opportunity to certify their products through the Composition and Environmental Performance test.

The test is carried out in two phases:

  1. Preliminary Assessment: ear tag design; locking mechanism; application test.
  2. Laboratory test: material characteristics; harmful substances; acid/alkaline bath treatment; ageing by damp heat and cold; resistance to artificial ageing; abrasive treatment; typography readability; colour contrast change; machine readability (optional); resistance of locking system.

You can find the full information in the ICAR Guidelines Section 10:

Application form

Once you submited the application form, ICAR will provide the instructions for the submission of the samples to be tested and the invoice to be paid before the test starts. For more information, including costs, please contact the ICAR Secretariat at andie@icar.org.

ICAR’s official communication about the confidentiality of test reports can be found here.

 

 

Re-certification of RFID devices or conventional ear tags

After 5 years from the issuance of an ICAR certificate, the test must be repeated in order for the certification to be renewed for another 5 years*. The device maintains its original product/certification code.

The tests applied for the re-certification are:

  1. The limited test for the RFID devices
  2. The preliminary assessment for the conventional ear tags

The application process is the same as for any other tests. Once re-certified, the device remains on the ICAR website for another 5 years and the latest date of certification is indicated.

Application forms

In both above cases, please select ‘Re-certification’ and indicate the original product/certification code.

Once you submited the application form, ICAR will provide the instructions for the submission of the samples to be tested and the invoice to be paid before the test starts. For more information including costs, please contact the ICAR Secretariat at andie@icar.org.

*The registration of RFID devices  in conformance with ISO 11784/11785 by ICAR is valid for the lifetime of the device. ICAR certification is an additional service and is valid for five years from the last day of issuance.

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