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 CNCA rules for motorcycles and electrical bikes

Updates to the Chinese CCC certification for motorcycles and electrical bikes

Recently, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) released Compulsory Product Certification Implementation Rules for Motorcycles (CNCA-C11-02: 2021) and Compulsory Product Certification Implementation Rules for Electrical Bicycles (CNCA-C11-16: 2021), both of which came into force on 1 July. These will replace previous versions, CNCA‑C11‑02: 2014 and CNCA‑C11‑16: 2018.

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New radio type approval label in Samoa

A new radio type approval label was announced in Samoa

The Office of the Regulator in Samoa has released their new labeling requirements for radio devices that have received type approval and certification.

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Saudi Arabian RoHS

Saudi Arabia published Technical Regulation for Reducing Hazardous Materials in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS).

The Regulation aims to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, and to define conformity assessment procedures to which suppliers must adhere.

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New regulation on vehicle headlamps

Vietnam published a Draft National Technical Regulation on road vehicles headlamps

The Draft National Technical Regulation QCVN 35:2021/BGTVT specifies the testing of optical characteristics of headlamps for road vehicles and replaces the previous regulation QCVN 35:2017/BGTVT.

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Legal Framework for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles

The work on a regulatory framework for connected and autonomous vehicles in the United Kingdom is progressing

In 2018, the British Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) asked the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission to undertake a far-reaching review of the legal framework for automated vehicles, and their use as part of public transport networks and on-demand passenger services.

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Market Surveillance for Vehicles

The EU Commission published a draft delegated regulation laying down rules as regards functional requirements for market surveillance of vehicles.

The delegated regulation specifies the requirements from the Regulation (EU) 2018/858 on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles (the so called “Framework Regulation”). The draft Implementing Regulation includes:

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Revision of the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

Annexes of the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement were revised including those covering the recognition of UNECE regulations for vehicles and their parts

The EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement fully entered into force in 2015.  Its Appendices 2-C-2 and 2-C-3 cover motor vehicles and their parts and lists those for which both parties recognize UNECE regulations.  Recently, some changes were made to the text.

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Public consultation on security of connected vehicles

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) asked for public comments regarding the network security of the Internet of Vehicles.

The comments are solicited for the “Notice on Strengthening the Network Security of the Internet of Vehicles (Intelligent Connected Vehicles)”.  The main aims of the future legislation are declared as following:

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EU delegated regulation on Intelligent Speed Assistance

A new delegated regulation concerning type approval of vehicles with regard to intelligent speed assistance systems was published by the EU Commission.

Recently, the EU Commission published the delegated regulation of 23.06.2021 concerning the specific test procedures and technical requirements for the type-approval of motor vehicles with regard to their intelligent speed assistance systems.

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New radio type approval regulation in Afghanistan

Recently, the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) published updated Type Approval Regulations, including new labeling instructions.

Under the regulation, all equipment used or to be used in connection with the provision of radio communications is subject to Type Approval by ATRA.

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New EU General Product Safety Regulation!

A proposal for a new General Product Safety Regulation was just published by the EU Commission

The Regulation would repeal the existing General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC and, contrary to it, will apply in all member states directly, without a national transposition.

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Indication of the energy consumption of vehicles

Switzerland published a notification about the indication of the energy consumption of vehicles

The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) annually adjusts the energy efficiency categories of new passenger cars on the basis of the data survey on the vehicle types offered, in accordance with Article 12 of the Energy Efficiency Ordinance of November 1, 2017.  On this basis, category limits of the energy label for passenger cars are recalculated annually.

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Updated standards for Low Voltage Directive

In the Official Journal of the European Union, new list of harmonized standards for the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU was published

The list is contained in the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/1015 of 17 June 2021, which amends the Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1956 as regards harmonised standards for refrigerating, ice-cream and ice makers appliances, laboratory equipment for the heating of materials, automatic and semi-automatic laboratory equipment for analysis and other purposes, electrical equipment with ratings related to electrical supply, etc.

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Three new UN Vehicle Regulations

Recently, three new United Nations Vehicle Regulations entered into force

The aim of the new United Nations Vehicle Regulations is to reduce the number and severity of collisions between vehicles moving off from a stationary position or in reverse manoeuvre at low speed, and pedestrians and cyclists.

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Amendments to the REACH regulation for chemicals

A draft Commission Regulation amending Annexes VI to X to the REACH regulation was published.

The Commission Regulation is supposed to amend Annexes VI to X to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

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