FAQs: Standard Filings, Scope, and Requirements

Submitters can make design filings, component filings, controller filings, or report filings to the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).


  • What are the types of filings?
    • Design Filings apply to a complete product design.

    • Component Filings apply to an individual component.

    • Controller Filings apply to a controller.

    • Report Filings are the filing of test procedures, acceptance tests, manufacturers certificates, third-party conformance reports.

  • What is a Standard Design Filing?

    A Standard Design Filing is a filing of an entire design for a device that is standardized so that each installation identically meets code requirements. Such designs do not require TSSA engineering to review the design for each installation. For example, CSA B355 devices with small variations in travel might be suitable for a design filing.

    Once the design has been reviewed for compliance to the applicable code requirements, it can be filed and referenced for each installation that has an identical design.

  • What is a Standard Component Filing?

    A Component Filing is a filing of a specific part of a device that has been standardized so that each installation uses an identical component (part/subassembly) and therefore does not require TSSA engineering to review the design of this component for each installation. 

    Once the component has been reviewed for compliance to the applicable code requirements, it can be filed and referenced for each installation that has an identical component in the design.

  • What is a Standard Controller Filing?

    Like a component filing, a Controller Filing is a specific type of component that has been identified for filing eligibility. A control design that is repetitive or standardized in its basic safety circuit principals can benefit from a filing. 

    Standardized controller schematics which demonstrate compliance are filed; therefore, TSSA does not require the review of each individual controller submitted. Submitters must attest to the fact that the control being supplied for a given job is identical to the filing on record.

  • What is a Certification/Report Filing?

    There may be instances where TSSA requests a copy of a particular document—for example, a type test report—to help verify conformance to a requirement. 

    Rather than continuously provide that same documentation, these documents may be filed, and the submitter need only reference the TSSA assigned filing number.

     For another example, a manufacturer who files controller designs may wish to file ‘acceptance tests’ for their designs. (Acceptance tests document the required field verification test and the expected outcomes.) 

    Once these acceptance tests are filed, TSSA inspectors can verify compliance in the field using a standardized document. This helps to ensure uniform verification and testing of products no matter where they are inspected.

  • Does each design, component, control have to be identical when filing?

    No. Some specific parameters can be variable, within established guidelines, during the filing process to allow standard filings with optional characteristics. A varied range of characteristics is acceptable provided they do not affect conformance to the code. 

    Optional designs should be pre-determined at time of filing if the filing requires a variable or a range for a given parameter. For example, a range for speed or capacity could be permissible in a filing, whereas the actual value (within the permissible range) would be specified at the time of submission.

  • How does a Filing benefit me?

    Filings reduce the number of steps involved in the review of Design, Component, Controller or Acceptance Tests, since a safety assessment & filing has already been done. Therefore, you can expect little or no delays due to missing information or compliance issues. 

    Less supporting documentation is needed at the time of submission since the majority of the documentation is already on file with TSSA. In addition, the submitter you request expedited or “RUSH” status for the submission in order to obtain the registration sooner (Rush Fees will apply).

  • How do I file something?

    The first step in filing a design is to submit a ‘Dossier or Design Submission’ for review. The package should be prepared in accordance with good engineering and drafting practices and should demonstrate that the device or component conforms to a particular code or standard as specified by the submitter. You should clearly delineate any proposed variances for the code specified.

    Documents shall include layouts, plans and elevation views of the elevating device or parts thereof, electric, electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic schematic diagrams that indicate safety related circuitry and components, and set out all the information that is necessary to demonstrate conformity.

    When programmable devices (FPGA, PLD, Microprocessor, CPLD. PLC, ASIC, etc.) are used to fulfill the requirement of one or more of the following code sections: 2.19, 2.20.8, 2.25,, and, the following documentation shall be included for review:

    1. Detailed circuitry schematics related to the programmable device (Board level schematics), and unique identification of the circuitry. 

      Exception: Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) specific schematics (circuits inside the PLC) are not required when a PLC is used in elevator control systems. General schematics are still required.  

    2. Factory Test report to demonstrate compliance with clauses and  

    3. The identification of the program (i.e., Software and Firmware). 

    If conformance to a code requirement cannot be easily determined from the drawings provided, the submitter shall provide a code conformance document that explains in detail how the design meets the requirement.

    For Standard Design Filings, controls (with Electrical Schematics) and Acceptance Tests shall be reviewed and filed separately but shall remain an integral part of the Standard Design Filing. The review of the documents for code compliance will follow the standard preliminary review fees as outlined in the Elevating Devices Fee Schedule (pdf). This fee shall be calculated based on an hourly rate. Variances (when required) will also follow the standard Fee Schedule for variances. 

  • Once I have a File Number, what do I do with it?

    Submit the Design Submission Form for each installation, with the Filing Number indicated in the appropriate box and any optional data indicated as required. It is sufficient to provide the filing numbers alone on the submission form, omitting the documents which make up the filing, provided all the conditions of the filing are meet. 

    While the documents in the Filing need not be submitted (including variances) as part of the Design Submission, they will become an integral part of the submission through the use of the Filing number. A Professional Engineer must still stamp the Design Submission. The Professional Engineer shall submit a statement of attestation from the manufacturer who filed the design to ensure the device is identical in design of the “safety related” components to the filing referenced by the Design Submission. 

    It is acceptable to have minor clerical differences between the filing and the documents provided at the installation, so long as they do not affect the code compliance