Toward the Development of a Canadian Less Lethal Weapon Approval Process – A Study of Contemporary Process

Vers l’élaboration d’un processus canadien d’approbation des armes à létalité atténuée – Une étude des modèles de processus d’approbation contemporains


  1. Goodman, L.
  2. Wood, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
One of the objectives of the Conducted Energy Weapons Strategic Initiative (CEWSI) project is to develop a Canadian approval process that could be applied to emerging less lethal technologies. A contract was let with Alcea Technologies to survey a variety of approval processes with the objective of identifying common elements that could be applied to the Canadian less lethal weapons approval process. The contractor identified the stakeholders, roles and responsibilities, governance framework, high level processes and supporting documentation for the Less Lethal Weapons Approval Process used by the United States and the United Kingdom as well as for the following Canadian approval processes: Medical Devices, Telecommunications Devices, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, CSA approval and the use of the Laser-Dazzler by the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. This report presents the findings of the contractor’s work, identifies the common elements among the processes and recommends building blocks that should be included in a Canadian less lethal weapons approval process.

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Less Lethal Weapons;Conducted Energy Weapons;Approval process
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-TM-2011-17 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Oct 2011
Number of Pages
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