Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) updates the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) 2015

Effective June 8, 2015, Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) has updated the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) 2015. Please click here to review the ERS 2015 Statement on the EPSC website.

What does this new ERS 2015 mean for recyclers? 

The updating to the ERS 2015 will be phased in and there will be time built in for the transition to the new standard.  Further important details, along with the updated ERS 2015, will be available by July 31, 2015 and will be posted to the RQP.ca website.

If you wish to discuss the auditing process and how your organization may be affected under ERS 2015, please contact the RQO at info@rqp.ca.


Address Update

Please note that the RQO’s postal code has changed; the rest of the address remains the same.

92 Caplan Avenue, Suite 102, Barrie, ON, L4N 9J2


Revisions: Application Fee & Form

As of June 16, 2014, the EPRA will be initiating a $1 500 fee (plus applicable taxes) applicable to the submission of any RQP applications.  The application fee will apply to the following types of applications:

  • new primary recycler applications;
  • requests for amendment to an existing scope of approval; and
  • addition of new downstream recycler applications.

A reduced fee of $1 100 (plus applicable taxes) will be applicable to all applications submitted by any registered not-for-profit organizations.

Please note that the application fee is not applicable for any routine re-approval audits or surveillance reviews initiated by RQO.

Applications that have been submitted to the RQO prior to June 16, 2014 are not subject to the application fee.  After the effective date, only applications submitted with payment of the applicable fee will be accepted by the RQO for review. The application fee is non-refundable and the RQO is not responsible for any incomplete or nonconforming applications submitted.

The Application Form has been updated to reflect these revisions.



The Recycler Qualification Office (RQO) was established by the industry-led end-of-life electronics stewardship programs to ensure that environmentally sound electronics reuse and recycling standards are established, met, maintained and continually improved upon.

The RQO operates under Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), a national, non-profit entity, created by Canada’s electronics industry in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Canada’s industry-led and regulated electronics stewardship programs.

The RQO manages all recycler assessments and approvals on behalf of the provincial stewardship programs, to ensure assessments are undertaken in a timely manner, and results are objective, thorough, and sufficiently detailed to provide confidence in the results of the assessment.

The RQO employs a team of trained and qualified assessors in certified environmental management system lead auditing and in the elements of the Recycler Qualification Program.

The RQO administers the following assessment and approval programs:

Recycler Qualification Program (RQP):
An eight-part publication that defines the Stewardship Programs’ minimum requirements and approach to auditing and approving end-of-life electronics (EOLE) Recyclers to ensure that EOLE are handled in an environmentally sound and socially acceptable manner that protects the environment and safeguards worker health and safety.

Recycler Qualification Program

RQP Clarifications #1

RQP Clarifications #2

Application Form

Electronics Reuse & Refurbishing Program (ERRP):
A six-part publication that defines the minimum requirements for organizations performing reuse and/or refurbishing functions and seeking to be recognized by the Stewardship Program.

Electronic Reuse & Refurbishing Program

ERRP Application Form

Collection Site Approval Program (CSAP):
A six-part publication that defines the minimum operational, environmental, health, safety and data security requirements for organizations seeking to operate as an EPRA collection site; as well as the assessment and approval process.

Collection Site Approval Program