Product Compliance & Automotive Regulatory

We identify and keep track of worldwide regulatory changes with the focus on areas such as:

product compliance, product safety, vehicle type approval and homologation, import restrictions, international trade law, radio certification, material compliance, chemistry, environmental regulations, electric vehicles, cybersecurity and autonomous driving.

Below you will find an excerpt of the world News on regulations from these areas.
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PFOA re-classified under California Proposition 65

OEHHA intends to classify perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as carcinogen under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).

While PFOA is currently listed under the Proposition 65 due to its developmental toxicity, the OEHHA plans to list it as carcinogen as well. PFOA was used in the manufacture of various consumer goods, for example as coating material in the clothing industry or for cookware but also in many other products. OEHHA is requesting comments as to whether PFOA meets the criteria set forth in the Proposition 65 regulations by May 3, 2021.

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New guidance for chemicals notification

Canada published a draft New Guidance Document for the notification and testing of new substances: chemicals and polymers

The new Guidance Document provides assistance for complying with regulatory requirements, including step-by-step instructions for the completion of a New Substances Notification (Chemicals and Polymers) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

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New guidelines for economic operators in the EU

The European Commission recently published Guidelines for economic operators in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products

The document, called Guidelines for economic operators and market surveillance authorities on the practical implementation of Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products, concerns tasks of economic operators regarding products subject to certain Union harmonisation legislation.

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Type approval for automotive radars

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) launched a public consultation on a new draft type approval regulation for vehicle radars.

The new draft regulation “Interim Provisions on the Radio Management of Automotive Radars (Draft for Solicitation of Comments)” should re-introduce type approval for radars in the range of 76-79 GHz and to stop approval of 24.25-26.65 GHz band vehicle radar equipment entirely from 1 January 2024.

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New Turkish regulation on tyre labelling

Turkey published a Draft Regulation on The Labelling of Tyres with Respect to Fuel Efficiency and Other Parameters (2020/740/EU).

The Regulation establishes a framework for the provision of harmonised information on tyre parameters through labelling to allow end-users to make an informed choice when purchasing tyres, for the purpose of increasing safety, the protection of health, and the economic and environmental efficiency of road transport, by promoting fuel-efficient, longlasting and safe tyres with low noise levels.

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New EU regulation on intelligent speed assistance (ISA)

EU published a Draft Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 regarding intelligent speed assistance (ISA) systems

The Delegated Regulation lays down detailed rules concerning the specific test procedures and technical requirements for the type-approval of motor vehicles with regard to the intelligent speed assistance systems and for the type-approval of those systems as separate technical units.

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New regulation for Consumer Chemical Products

South Korea published Designation of Consumer Chemical Products subject to Safety Confirmation, and Safety and Labeling Standards

The regulation contains a list of new product types and their uses which are subject to Safety Confirmation, and Safety and Labeling Standards.

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Japan to require the installation of OBFCM in vehicles

Japan has announced recently that it will require the installation of OBFCM (On-board Fuel and/or Energy Consumption Monitoring Device) in vehicles.

According to the Outline of draft legislation for OBFCM, vehicles in Japan shall record/provide lifetime and instantaneous value of fuel consumption and state of health of battery (following the EU Regulation (EU)2017/1151).  For electric and hybrid vehicles, electric consumption will have to be monitored.

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Changes to the CCC certification rules

Recently, an update of the CCC certification system rules was published

In a recent announcement, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) informed about changes to the CCC self-declaration system.  Manufacturers must now actively track the updates of GB standards.

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New SASO standards for trucks

Saudi Arabia published for comments three new SASO standards for trucks

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) published for comments three new SASO standards for trucks regarding their protective devices.

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New Import and Export Decree in Israel

Israel published a new Import and Export Decree which updates Israel’s Import Groups Regime

The Minister of Economy and Industry of Israel signed Israel’s Import and Export Decree (Import Groups), 5721-2021. This Decree updates Israel’s Import Groups Regime and changes the conformity assessment requirements for imported products subject to Israel Mandatory Standards.

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New EU ecodesign and energy labelling requirements

On the 1 March 2021, ten implementing regulations setting out energy efficiency and other requirements for the several product groups entered into force in the EU

Products in scope of the regulations are: refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, electronic displays (including televisions), light sources and separate control gears, external power suppliers, electric motors, refrigerators with a direct sales function (e.g. fridges in supermarkets, vending machines for cold drinks), power transformers and welding equipment.

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Electric Vehicles Charging Regulations to be published

UK informed about its plans to publish Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021

The Regulations will be published under the Automated and Electric Vehicles (AEV) Act 2018.  The AEV Act gives the Government the powers through secondary legislation to mandate that all electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints sold or installed in the UK must have smart functionality and meet minimum requirements, in areas such as cyber and data security, grid stability and interoperability.

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New GB standards for vehicles in China

China published for comments several new draft standards for road vehicles.

China recently published three new draft standards for road vehicles. They are open for comments until 1 May 2021.

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New Turkish ecodesign and energy labelling requirements

Turkey recently published a Draft Regulation on Framework for Energy Labelling as well as several ecodesign and energy labelling regulations for specific product categories.

In spite of frequent political skirmishes with the EU, Turkey is continuously in the process of implementing EU legislation into its national law. Therefore, the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology has published an Energy Efficiency Labeling Framework Regulation, based on the EU Energy Labeling Framework Regulation 2017/1369.

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