Before testing begins, the CCMC provides the applicant, who could be the manufacturer or Canadian distributor of a product, with a list of recognized laboratories. The applicant contacts the laboratory to determine the number of specimens required for testing purposes. The applicant then arranges, through the CCMC, for a representative to identify random samples before they are sent directly to a CCMC-recognized laboratory. The applicant must also authorize the laboratory to forward an original copy of the test report for each sample directly to the CCMC. If the product is manufactured at several plants, identified samples from each facility are required.