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ISO Accreditation

CanmetCERL has a long-standing commitment to high-quality work and is an accredited testing laboratory under ISO/IEC Guide 17025 General requirements for the competence of calibration and testing laboratories by the Standards Council of Canada.

In addition, CanmetCERL has a number of national and international partners that will accept test work done by CanmetCERL as a basis for authorization of explosives and hazardous locations products.

For an overview of CanmetCERL, please watch the video.

Facilities ISO Accreditation


  • One indoor blast tank, capable of shooting charges of up to 5 kg TNT equivalent
  • Two outdoor blast tanks, capable of shooting charges of up to 4 kg TNT
  • Field site for UN Series 4 and 6 testing and fireworks testing
  • Access to DND facilities for large-scale outdoor testing
  • Small-scale blast table
  • Small-scale manufacture of emulsion explosives for testing
  • Instruments for the characterization of blasts and their effects on structures, including a 60+ channel portable high-speed data acquisition system, high-speed video cameras, airblast gauges, and various other sensors.

Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

  • Equipment for physical characterization of samples
  • Light microscope/stereomicroscope with digital image acquisition
  • Scanning electron microscope
  • Ion chromatographs with chemical suppression
  • Gas chromatograph with flame ionization and electron capture detectors (GC)
  • High performance liquid chomatograph
  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometer 
  • Inductively coupled plasma spectrometer
  • Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer with diamond ATR accessory
  • Karl Fischer volumetric titrator for determining moisture contents
  • Automated titration equipment

Small-Scale Testing

  • BAM, U.S. Bureau of Explosives and Type 12 impact apparatus
  • BAM friction apparatus
  • Bichel gauge for explosive fume testing
  • Electrostatic discharge sensitivity apparatus
  • Koenen test
  • UN time-pressure test
  • Oxidizer/flammable solid/self-reactive solid testing
  • Minimum burning pressure apparatus
  • Detonator testing facility
  • Environmental chambers for temperature and humidity cycling
  • Window range for ammunition testing

Thermal Characterization

  • Accelerating rate calorimeter (x3)
  • Adiabatic Dewar calorimeter
  • Differential scanning calorimeter
  • Simultaneous TG-DSC with gas analysis by mass spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry
  • Thermogravimetric analysis
  • Tian Calvet calorimeter capable of operation up to 35 MPa
  • Isothermal nanocalorimeter
  • Thermal conductivity analyzer


  • Mechanical workshop for small-scale machining
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