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NCAC Recognized Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Products – Updated September 2016

April 13, 2017

A review process has been established by the National Companion Animal Coalition (NCAC) to assess the conformity of radio frequency identification (RFID) products and processes with the revised Canadian standard for electronic (microchip) identification of companion animals.

The revised Canadian standard came into effect December 1, 2004 and is based on ISO microchips, accompanying databases and compatible readers to promote maximum long-term recovery potential of companion animals.

  • Only those RFID products that have been submitted for review and have been deemed in conformity with the Canadian standard will be recognized as suitable for companion animal identification.
  • Only ISO microchips are acceptable under the Canadian standard.

However, the NCAC requests companies to ensure backwards compatibility of readers and database capability to accept the older standard until the year 2020. In addition, the NCAC permits users to apply non-Canadian standard microchips only if required and specially requested for export purposes.

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