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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Consolidation of UNECE regulations for lighting
Dozens of UNECE regulations for lighting which have been in place so far will be replaced by three new ones (UNECE No. 148, 149 and 150) aiming to harmonize and consolidate all requirements
Not long ago, the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) published on its website, as annexes to the 1958 Agreement Concerning the Adoption of Harmonized Technical United Nations Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts, three new regulations concerning lighting.
Entry into force of NOM-001 postponed
The Official Mexican Standard for electronic devices did not come into force, as expected, on the 14th May 2020
The updated version of the Official Mexican Standard NOM-001-SCFI-2018 for electronic equipment (which replaces the previous NOM-001-SCFI-1993) which was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation on the 17 September 2019, was supposed to enter into force in May 2020. However, due to the insufficient number of accredited testing labs, the entry into force was postponed till 14 August 2020.
New Guidelines for Vanuatu Type Approval and SRDs
Vanuatu introduces the General User Radio Licence (GURL) Guideline for its National Type Approval Framework and Short-Range Devices (SRDs)
On the 30th April 2020, the Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) introduced the framework “General User Radio Licence (GURL) Guideline for National Type Approval Framework and Short-Range Radiocommunications Devices (SRDs) for the Republic of Vanuatu” to further regulate its radiocommunications and telecommunications sector.
Changes in Moroccan import control program for industrial products
New amendments extend the transitional period for the new import control program by two months
Morocco has informed WTO members that it has extended the transition period for the new control procedure (Verification of Conformity) for two months. Initially scheduled was a period from the 1st of February 2020 until the 20th of April 2020, which will now end on the 19th of June 2020.
Further harmonization with the EU product law
Serbia updated several regulations implementing the EU law. Moreover, the new Serbian Rulebook on Personal Protective Equipment has been published.
Recently in the Serbian Official Gazette (No. 21/2020), Serbia published amendments to several regulations implementing the EU product law. The amended regulations, which transpose EU product directives to the Serbian law are, among others
Updates to the list of regulated radio equipment
Vietnam introduces changes to its list of radio devices subject to type approval
Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has published a Draft Circular which shall replace Circular 05/2019/TT-BTTTT and establish a new list of radio products covered by the Vietnamese type approval. The existing list will not change completely, however, a few modifications will be introduced.
Changes of EAC certification for vehicle components
The main legal act regulating vehicle type approval and EAC certification for components in the Eurasian Economic Union will be updated
Russia has announced a public consultation about an update of the Technical Regulation of the Customs Union “On the safety of wheeled vehicles” (TR CU 018/2011), main legal act regulating vehicle type approval and EAC certification for components in the Eurasian Economic Union.
Update of radio type approval guidelines in Jordan
The final version of Guidelines for terms and procedures for obtaining approval for telecommunications equipment and regulating its import to Jordan has recently been issued
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan published the final version of Guidelines for terms and procedures for obtaining approval for telecommunications equipment and regulating its import. The Guidelines contain several new provisions.
New harmonized standards under Machinery Directive
New harmonized standards under the EU Machinery Directive have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union
In the beginning of April 2020, Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/480 was published which updated the list of harmonized standards under the EU Machinery Directive. The act amended the existing Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/436 on harmonised standards for machinery. 26 new standards were added to the list for the first time and for 24 existing standards a transition period was declared.
New list of products subject to ANATEL
Public consultation on the list of products subject to the new radio type approval procedure has been announced
The Brazilian telecommunication authority ANATEL has announced a public consultation upon the list of products subject to the new radio type approval procedure. Already in October 2019, ANATEL published the Resolution 715 which updated conformity assessment and approval processes for telecommunication products.
Taiwanese Motor Vehicle Safety Testing Regulations
Taiwan postpones the introduction dates of several new safety requirements for vehicles
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) issued an update concerning the date of entry into force of several new amendments of the Taiwanese Motor Vehicle Safety Testing Regulations.
New Japanese cybersecurity regulations for vehicles
Japan is also getting ready for legal challenges of cybersecurity in vehicles
The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has issued a draft legislation for software updates for motor vehicles in use. The draft describes the conditions under which an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or an importer can distribute software updates which affect a vehicle type.
Trade barriers for remanufactured products
Import restrictions on remanufactured products complicate the whole distribution process in several big world economies
As economies are getting more sustainable, companies often turn to remanufacturing of products in order to save valuable resources, be it material, energy or labour. Used components are sent to a plant where they get restored to their original condition.
Approval of MERCOSUR Regulations on Textile-Labelling
Paraguay approves the MERCOSUR resolution No 62/18 on labelling of textile products in order to facilitate free trade.
On the 20th of February 2020, Paraguay published the decree No 3383, which states the incorporation of the MERCUSOR resolution No 62/18 (MERCOSUR Technical Regulation on Labelling of Textile Products) into its legal order. The decree will enter into force from the date of its Promulgation.
New Chinese standard for external lighting devices
New Chinese Standard GB 4785-2019 has been published
The new standard for installation of the external lighting devices for motor vehicles and their trailers was introduced by the Chinese Authorities and will enter into force by the 1st of July 2020.
New 2022 Edition of Harmonized System (HS)
The World Customs Organization published amendments to the Harmonized System on 29th January 2020. 351 sets of amendments in total are expected to enter into force on 1st January 2022
On 29th January 2020, the World Customs Organization WCO released the 7th Edition of its Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature used for the uniform classification of goods traded internationally
New lists of products subject to TAREKS
Updates of Turkish import regulations have been published
The Turkish Ministry of Trade published new versions regulations on product groups supervised in imports. The regulations (called “communiqués”) are updated every year and define which groups of products are subject to the registration in the Turkish risk-based import control system TAREKS.
New radio type approval procedure in Mexico
Mexico passed a new radio type approval procedure. It will enter into force on the 25th February 2021
Very recently, after a public consultation we described in our previous insight, the Telecommunication and Broadcasting Conformity Assessment Procedure (Procedimiento de Evaluación de la Conformidad en materia de telecomunicaciones y radiodifusión) was published in the Mexican Official Journal of the Federation.
Georgia approves technical regulation on toy safety
Georgia is creating a regulatory framework for toy safety closely related to EU Directive 2009/48/EC for Toy Safety.
On the 20th of January 2020 the Government of Georgia passed Resolution No. 47 approving the Georgian Technical Regulation on Toy Safety. This Resolution authorizes the Georgian Market Surveillance Agency to inspect the conformity of the toys placed on the Georgian market with the requirements of the Technical Regulation.
INMETRO and ANATEL also react to COVID-19
Special measures for re-certification were announced by INMETRO. Also ANATEL announced measures to ease the renewal process for radio equipment
At the beginning of March 2020, the Brazilian regulator for product safety INMETRO published the Ordinance 79 whose aim is to facilitate the re-certification process of products disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CCC certification for brake linings
Brake linings will become subject to the Chinese CCC certification
Rumours that have been circulating on the market have finally come true: the scope of the CCC certification in China will be expanded to cover one more automotive product: brake linings. Very recently, Chinese authorities have published a draft of Implementation Rule for Compulsory Certification of Brake Linings for Automobiles describing the details.
Amendments to UNECE Regulations
Amendments to 28 UNECE Regulations announced
On February 28th, 2020, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, as part of their 180th session in Geneva, published prospective amendments to selected regulations of the 1958 Agreement.
Update of radio type approval in Papua New Guinea
New draft version of Type Approval Regulations in Papua New Guinea has been published
The National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) in Papua New Guinea has developed a new Draft Version for Type Approval Regulations.
Safety Glass subject to the Indian BIS certification
Safety Glass for road transport will be made subject to the Indian BIS certification and marking requirements
According to a recent Bureau of Indian Standards notification, Safety Glass for road transport will be added to the list of products subject to the compulsory use of the Indian standard mark and the BIS certification. The requirements will entry into force 180 days from the date of the publication of the Safety Glass (Quality Control) Order, 2020 in the official Gazette.
10% growth of technical barriers to trade worldwide
According to the WTO data, the number of technical barriers to trade is growing
If you have thought that worldwide technical barriers to trade (TBTs) are being reduced and safety standards for products are getting more and more harmonized, the contrary seems to be the case. According to the data of the World Trade Organization, the number of technical barriers to trade in 2019 grew by almost 10% compared to 2018.
EU Conflict Minerals Regulation
New EU Regulation (EU) 2017/821 on conflict minerals in force from 1st of January 2021
A new EU regulation on conflict materials will come into force on 01.01.2021. It will help to restrict trade in four minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) from conflict or high-risk areas, which sometimes finance armed conflicts or are mined in forced labour.
CE mark after Brexit
The future of the CE marking in Great Britain
On 31st of January 2020, Great Britain officially left the EU after almost three years of legal uncertainty. The transition period is expected to last until the 31st of December 2020. However, after that period the future of the CE mark is still unsure.
Amendments to EAC certification for machinery
Technical Regulation of the Customs Union 010/2011 “On safety of machinery and equipment” has been updated
The Council of the Eurasian Economic Union published on its website a draft amendment to the Technical Regulation of the Customs Union 010/2011 “On safety of machinery and equipment” approved by the Decision of the Commission N° 823.
New harmonized standards under the Radio Equipment Directive
An update of the list of harmonized standards that provide presumption of conformity with the essential requirements of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) was published on the 5th of February 2020 by the European Commission in the Official Journal of the EU
Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/167 revises Annexes of the RED Directive by adding six new versions of standards to the list.
Four new substances on the candidate list of Substances of very high Concern (SVHC)
On 16th of January 2020 the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) added four new chemical substances to its candidate list of Substances of very high Concern (SVHC). Now the list consists of a total of 205 substances of very high concern
Producers, suppliers and importers must register their articles containing a certain concentration of the substances under ECHA’s candidate list of substances of very high concern prior to the import to the EU.
New ECE Regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) published a new ECE Regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems for trucks exceeding 8,000kg
On the 13th of January 2020, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) officially published the new Regulation “ECE Regulation No. 151” regarding “Blind Spot Information System for the Detection of Bicycles”, which applies to N2 trucks exceeding a gross vehicle weight of 8,000kg and to all N3 vehicles. The regulation requires the system to warn the driver in order to avoid potential collisions with bicycles.
New certification for IPv6
New Technical Code for IPv6 equipment compliance
The Technical Code MCMC MTSFB TC T013:2019 for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) Equipment Compliance was published by the Malaysian communications regulator and it will come in force on the 10th of July 2020. It cancels and replaces the MCMC MTSFB TC T013:2016, Specifications for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) Compliant Equipment.
New EMC Directive?
The European Commission is considering modifications to the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive
On the 23rd of January 2020, the European Commission launched a public evaluation process of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU (EMC Directive). For 4 weeks, it will be collecting feedback about the Evaluation and Fitness Check Roadmap for the EMC Directive, which will later lead to a public consultation of the act (probably in the first quarter of 2020).
CNCA Announcement No. 26
Details of the CCC self-declaration procedure published by CNCA
On the 30th of December 2019, the Chinese authority CNCA published the Announcement No. 26 with new details of the CCC self-declaration (which was already introduced as a new conformity assessment procedure for several automotive products in Announcement 44 of the 17th of October 2019). In order to simplify the transition from the “regular” CCC-certification to the CCC self-declaration for these products, the CNCA will accept CCC test reports of certified products
ABS in Japan
Introduction of mandatory Automatic Braking Systems in all new cars
Due to a recent rise in accidents caused by elderly drivers, Japan’s Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism have announced that all new cars and light trucks sold in Japan require to be equipped with automatic braking systems from 2021. New cars and light trucks need to comply with the new regulations from November 2021, new imported models must comply from June 2024 and existing ones must comply from June 2026.
Consultation on a new Radio Type Approval
The Mexican telecommunications authority IFT launched public consultations on a new type approval procedure for radio equipment.
In November 2019, a consultation paper on a new radio type approval procedure was published on the website of the Mexican telecommunications regulator IFT (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones). Until now, the Mexican type approval was regulated by several legal acts and procedures, which could lead to confusion.
Blue Guide update
Update of the EU product compliance guidelines is planned
The EU has announced its intention to update the “Blue Guide”, guidelines explaining the EU product rules and the CE conformity assessment system. The main aim of the update is to reflect new EU legislation and, in particular, Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance as well as relevant developments at international level.
The Blue Guide will not be rewritten completely.
ANATEL Resolution 715
Update of Conformity Assessment and Approval Processes for Telecommunications Products in Brasil
On the 25th of October 2019 ANATEL (Brazilian National Telecommunication Agency) published an information about the ANATEL Resolution 715, which updates conformity assessment and approval processes for telecommunication products. The new regulation will replace the Resolutions 242/2000 and 323/2002 six months after its publication.
EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
Entry into force of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
After long negotiations, the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Singapore came into force on the 21st of November 2019. The trade agreement obliges both parties to reduce import duties and facilitate mutual market access. An important clause is that Singapore accepts automotive products type-approved under EC or UNECE as compliant with its domestic technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures, without further testing or marking.
Agreement of New Rules on the Labelling of Tyres
The agreement on the Proposal 2018/1048(COD) will introduce new rules on the labelling of tyres in the EU
On the 13th of November 2019 an agreement on the Proposal 2018/1048(COD) for new labelling requirements for tyres was struck, which now has to be formally adopted by the Council and the European Parliament. The agreement proposes a regulation on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other parameters in the EU.
New General Safety Regulation for Vehicles in the EU
The introduction of the regulation (EU) 2019/2144 requires mandatory advanced safety systems for all new vehicles in the EU from mid-2022
On the 8th of November 2019 the Council of the EU announced that all new cars put on the EU market have to be equipped with advanced safety systems from mid-2022. In order to implement these new requirements, Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 was passed which updates existing rules on car safety.
CNCA Announcement 44 – impact on automotive
The CCC certification system for automotive products changes again…
On the 17th of October 2019, CNCA published Announcement 44 concerning a modification of the regulations for CCC certification. According to the announcement, some car parts no longer require mandatory CCC certification. These parts, listed in Annex 1 of the announcement, will no longer be accepted for CCC-certification with immediate effect and their existing certificates will be deleted.
Extension of the ECAS conformity assessment scheme for Low Voltage Equipment
Audio, Video and IT Equipment was made subject to the UAE conformity assessment scheme ECAS
Products such as radios, disc players, amplifiers, digital cameras, tablets, audio/video Systems should have a valid Certificate of Conformity (CoC) issued under the ECAS conformity assessment scheme since November 2019 and be marked with the ECAS Label.
Electronic communications equipment in Sierra Leone
Final draft of the new electronic communications equipment type approval regulations published by the Sierra Leonean regulator
In October 2019, the final draft of the new electronic communications equipment type approval regulations was published by the National Telecommunications Commissions (NATCOM), the regulator in Sierra Leone. There are six product categories listed that need a type approval for being sold in Sierra Leone, such as terminal Equipment and short range radio devices.
RoHS in Eurasian Economic Union
New regulations on hazardous substances in Eurasian Economic Union are coming into force soon
Electrotechnical products marketed in the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union) will require a confirmation of conformity from the 1st of March 2020. The manufacturers will have to prove that their products comply with the Technical Regulations “EAEU TR 037/2016” for restricting of the use of hazardous substances in electrotechnical and radioelectronic products.
Resolution 166/19 (CAPE Certification)
New registration process for vehicle original spare parts
In September 2019, the Argentinian government published Resolution 166/19 which modifies the current certification and registration process for spare parts. Until now, non-original safety components imported to Argentina had to undergo the CHAS (Certificado de Homologación de Autopartes de Seguridad) certification process. Original parts were exempted from this requirement if they were covered by the whole vehicle type approval LCM.
Towards harmonisation of autonomous vehicles regulations
UN ECE publishes guidelines for automated vehicles
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE), which develops harmonized vehicle regulations, issued its guidelines for automated vehicles. The main purpose of the document is to identify key principles for security and safety of autonomous driving, define the framework for future developments and provide the consistency of regulations among the members.
New guidelines for RoHS 2 in China (GB/T 37876-2019)
Another element of the Chinese RoHS 2 puzzle
Recently, China has been creating its own compliance system for hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products, the so called China RoHS 2. First, in 2016, the legal framework was created by the MIIT Decree 32, then, in 2018, a list of affected products and exemptions from the regulation was published. In May 2019 the Implementation Arrangement for Restricted Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products was published.
UNECE for vehicle components in Bosnia
New type approval regulations for vehicles and their components were published
In the Bosnian Official Journal, several new regulations concerning type approval for vehicles and their components were published. They establish minimum technical requirements for newly manufactured vehicles and their parts as well as detailed the type-approval procedure. The regulations contain a list of vehicle components which must comply with UNECE regulations.
EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement
Easier market access for European vehicles and their parts thanks to EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement?
European OEMs welcomed the conclusion of longstanding (almost 20 years) negotiations between the EU and the Mercosur states (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay) on a free trade agreement on the 28th of June 2019. Among numerous provisions of the Agreement there is a reduction of tariffs for cars and their parts.
European Cybersecurity Act 2019
European Cybersecurity Act (CSA) will reinforce the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and create a European cybersecurity certification framework
The European Cybersecurity Act (Regulation EU 2019/881) entered into force on the 27th of June 2019 and its two main objectives are to establish a new mandate of ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, and create a European cybersecurity certification framework for ICT products, services and processes.
Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)
Legal framework for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems has been established.
Smart cars of the future are supposed to communicate with each other and with the infrastructure. To achieve that, they need homogenous rules on the entire European continent. European Commission Delegated Regulation of the 13th of March 2019 on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems aims at establishing such rules, necessary to ensure compatibility, interoperability and continuity.
Electric vehicles too quiet?
A new EU regulation establishes minimum noise levels for electric vehicles
In the EU, the sound level of motor vehicles is regulated by the Regulation (EU) No 540/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the 16th of April 2014. Now after 5 years the act was amended by the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/839 of the 7th of March 2019 which requires all newly approved electric vehicles in the EU to emit an audible warning signal for pedestrians.