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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New Mexican standard NOM for commercial information

The draft standard will introduce new requirements for commercial information for packaging, instructions and warranties for electronic, electrical and household appliances.

The National Consultative Committee for Standardization of the Ministry of the Economy has published a Draft Official Mexican Standard PROY-NOM-024-SE-2022.

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NHTSA published updated draft guide for cybersecurity

This draft guide will introduce a new “Cybersecurity Best Practices” guideline for the Safety of Modern Vehicles.

The main reason for the publication of this updated guideline is to support industry-led efforts to improve the cybersecurity state of the industry.

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New EU draft Regulation regarding Microplastic published

This draft Regulation will introduce a new entry to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

The European Commission has published a draft regulation to restrict placing microplastics and certain products containing microplastics, on the market. The restriction will be adopted under the REACH regulation, which sets the EU framework for chemicals.

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California to allow only zero-emission new cars from 2035

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a new regulation for zero-emission vehicles.

By signing this new policy, it can be widely expected to boost the global transition to electric vehicles.

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Ukraine further harmonizes EU directives

The Ukrainian government amended legislation to meet its obligations to adopt EU directives.  

By signing the Association Agreement with the EU, the Ukrainian government has committed itself to removing technical barriers to trade. For instance, dismantling conformity assessment procedures and harmonizing Ukraine’s technical norms and standards with those of the EU.

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Taiwan’s new Amendment to Commodity Labeling Act

After 11 years, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs is amending the Commodity Labeling Act again.

 The purpose of the Amendment is to further promote the proper labeling of goods, to protect the reputation of business owners and the rights and interests of consumers.  Taiwan’s Commodity Labeling Law mandates that all commodities sold in Taiwan must be labeled in Chinese and may be supplemented by English or another foreign language, if necessary.

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New draft EU Machinery Regulation published

This means there will be significant amendments and consequences for the mechanical and plant engineering industry.

The aim of this European regulation is to replace the EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC to become the new central set of regulations for the safety of machinery and equipment.

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Amendment of Safety Regulation

The Japanese Ministry of Land (MLIT) has recently proposed amendment of the “Public Notice that Prescribes Details of Safety Regulations for Road Transport Vehicles”.

The newly altered version of this Regulation mainly focuses on vehicles with a gross vehicle weight that exceeds 3.5 tons, excluding those with a seating capacity of less than 10 passengers which are being used exclusively for passenger use, of Pure Electric Vehicles (PEV), Off-vehicle charging hybrid electric vehicle (OVC-HEV), and Fuel cell hybrid vehicle (FCV).

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The Commission of the EU recently published an updated “Blue Guide”

This guide covers non-food and non-agricultural products referred to as industrial products or products for use by consumers or professionals.

The updated version of the EU’s “Blue Guide to the Implementation of Product Regulations 2022” mainly provides a detailed explanation of the applicable regulations for toys, measuring instruments, radio equipment, low-voltage electrical equipment, medical devices and other product types.

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The NHSTA proposes to amend FMVSS 141

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) proposes to amend the test procedure in section S6.7.3 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 141.

The proposal mainly focuses on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric.

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Draft Ministerial Regulation on technical regulations in Vietnam

The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport, proposes a new  draft  National  Technical  Regulation in order to specifiy  technical requirements and test methods for rims and wheels of motorcycles and mopeds.

This draft national technical regulation applies to companies that manufacture or import wheels or rims for motorcycles and mopeds.

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The California Highway Patrol proposes to amend regulations

The California Highway Patrol proposes to amend regulations.

The CHP proposes to amend certain regulations in Title 13, of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), regarding noise measurement procedures.

The proposal mainly focuses on noise measurement procedures for new Motor Vehicles. Those would adopt the currently most recognized Society of Automotive Engineers SAE International standards.

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The NHTSA proposes to amend its regulations regarding Event Data Recorders

The  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes to extend the EDR recording period for timed data metrics of pre-crash data

The proposal mainly focuses on extending the recording time before an accident. The biggest amendments would include, changing the timed data metrics from 5 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 2 Hz to 20 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 10 Hz. This would for example  increase from 2 samples per second to 10 samples per second.

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Vehicle Type-Approval amendments in the UK

The UK Department of Transport has published a draft regarding amendments to the type approval for various types of vehicles.

The draft  legislation covers road vehicles, motorcycles, agricultural vehicles, and engines for non-road mobile machinery. The draft is fully developed but not final yet. The amendments are primarily meant to correct legal deficiencies caused by Brexit. The functions previously exercised by the EU Commission will be brought under control of the UK government where appropriate.

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Colombia sets out to harmonize safety regulations for motorcycles

The Colombian Ministry of Transport proposes to establish the technical requirements for motorcycle-type motor vehicles marketed in Colombia.

The first Draft Resolution  mainly focuses on issuing the Technical Regulation applicable to pneumatic tyres. The Draft includes specific technical requirements, digits and applicable tests, the equivalence system, manufacturer and supplier responsibilities, and monitoring, surveillance and compliance checks that have be approved.

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