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 safety standard for button and coin cell batteries
Australia has announced its intention to implement the international standard for button and coin cell batteries which contains, among others, new marking requirements
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) published for comments draft Requirements for safety and information standards for consumer goods containing button batteries and button batteries themselves. Such batteries may be very dangerous, for example if swallowed. The number of serious injuries or deaths as a result of button batteries has increased nine-fold in the last decade.
New Certificate of Registration (CoR) Scheme
Iraq is preparing for the implementation of the Certificate of Registration (CoR) Scheme for manufacturers and suppliers
A subsidiary of the Ministry of Trade in the Republic of Iraq, the State Company for Iraqi Fairs and Commercial Services has announced the implementation of the Certificate of Registration (CoR) Scheme for manufacturers and suppliers.
Planned changes of regulations for vehicle spare parts
Colombia published several new drafts which will replace existing regulations for automotive spare parts
On the website of the Colombian Ministry of Transport, several new drafts of administrative acts were published which are supposed to change the existing conformity assessment procedure for vehicle spare parts.
Public consultation on vehicle conformity assessment
Brazil is carrying out a public consultation on an amendment to the Conformity Assessment Requirements for Light Passenger and Commercial Vehicles
The Brazilian authority INMETRO (National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology) has announced its intention to amend the Ordinance No. 377, 29 September 2011 setting out the Conformity Assessment Requirements for Light Passenger and Commercial Vehicles and called for comments.
Revision of the Ecodesign Directive
In the future, ecodesign rules may apply to a much wider range of products in the EU
The EU Commission is currently carrying out a public consultation about a review of the Ecodesign Directive. The initiative aims to make products placed on the EU market more sustainable. Its goal is to widen the scope of the Ecodesign Directive beyond energy related products and made applicable to the broadest possible range of products.
New regulatory deadlines for brakes in the USA
A couple of regulatory deadlines for brake pads in the state of Washington are looming
In 2010, the Legislature of the state of Washington passed a law to reduce the use of toxic material in vehicle brake pads and shoes (Chapter 70.285 RCW). This law restricts the use of several heavy metals and asbestos, beginning in 2015, and provides a schedule to phase out copper. Vehicle brake pads manufactured after 2021 must contain less than 5 percent copper by weight.
Global efforts to ensure fair supply chains
The number of laws requiring companies to better control and track the provenance of their products to ensure the respect of human rights along the whole supply chain is growing.
The development of globalized production and trade in the last decades has brought huge benefits to consumers and producers worldwide. However, the real costs of production are often externalized – early stages of global supply chains are notorious for their prevalence of unsafe working conditions, environmentally detrimental practices, child labor, use of resources from conflict areas, etc.
Data exchange system for certificates of conformity
A couple of days ago, the European Commission decided where OEMs and type approval authorities will have to share and exchange data of certificates of conformity for vehicles
According to the Regulation (EU) 2018/858 on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles, the European Commission was supposed to adopt implementing acts setting out, among others, the means of exchange of the data of the certificate of conformity in electronic format.
Conformity assessment in Gabon extended
Recently, the Conformity Assessment Programme PROGEC in Gabon has been extended to cover almost all imported product categories.
The Conformity Assessment Programme PROGEC (Program Gabonaise d’Evaluation de la Conformité) was first introduced by the Gabonaise standards authority (Agence Gabonaise de Normalization – AGANOR) in May 2016 and it covered initially only certain product groups.
Final version of regulation for wheel rims published
After several months, India published the final version of the Automobile Wheel Rim Component (Quality Control) Order, 2020 which establishes the BIS certification for wheel rims
According to the Automobile Wheel Rim Component (Quality Control) Order, 2020, wheel rims produced and imported in India will have to conform to the corresponding Indian Standard and bear the Standard Mark under a license from the Bureau as per Scheme-I of Schedule-II of the Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.
New standard for fuel consumption
China published a new draft standard for fuel consumption limits for passenger cars
Recently the People’s Republic of China published a draft version of the standard GB 19578 Fuel consumption limits for passenger cars. It is supposed to replace the current version from 2014.
Update of energy efficiency rules
South Korea proposed an amendment to its energy efficiency regulations
The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy proposed to update the Regulation on Equipment Energy Efficiency Management.
The main changes proposed are the adjustment of energy efficiency standards for some equipment categories as well as new rules for the indication of for medium- and long-term target energy efficiency.
Made in USA – Labeling Rule
The Federal Trade Commission published new rules on the “Made in USA” labeling
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed new rules that would require manufacturers to qualify all “Made in the USA” claims on packing and marketing materials for their products
Softening of the design protection for spare parts
In the future, visible vehicle spare parts will no longer be subject to unlimited design protection
With the passing of the law to strengthen fair competition (Gesetz zur Stärkung des fairen Wettbewerbs), the German Bundestag has also made changes to the design law (§ 40a was added to the Design-Gesetz) for vehicle spare parts. A repair clause is thus included in the German design law, which excludes visible vehicle spare parts from design protection.
BIS certification for motorcycle helmets planned
India published a draft regulation which makes motorcycle helmets subject to the BIS certification
The Protective helmet for two wheeler riders (Quality Control) Order, 2020 is supposed to come into effect on 1st March 2021. It will require an obligatory certification of helmets under the BIS Conformity Assessment.
New emissions regulation in Singapore
Emission standards in Singapore get tightened
Singapore announced its intention to tighten its emission standards for vehicles. This should happen via the Draft Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.
Draft amendments to the decree for motorcycles
Chile is amending the Decree 123 which establishes technical requirements that motorcycle security devices and systems must comply
Chile recently published a proposed modification of Decree No. 123, of 2014, in the sense of updating and complementing the technical and safety standards applicable to motorcycles. The modifications cover, among others, such aspects of motorcycles as lights, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and combined braking system (CBS).
Consultation on the new cybersecurity regulation in UK
The British government is preparing a new cybersecurity regulation for consumer smart products
A public consultation on the planned regulation is currently being carried out by the British Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (final date for comments is 17 September 2020) and a draft text is expected in early 2021.
Changes to the INMETRO certification for toys
The INMETRO Ordinance nº 563, of December 29, 2016, which approves the Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment Requirements for Toys was recently amended
The amendments to the Ordinance nº 563 are introduced by the INMETRO Ordinance nº 217 of June 18, 2020. National manufacturers and importers must comply with the amended Ordinance starting from January 1, 2022.
Sound requirements for electric vehicles postponed
The phase-in of the FMVSS 141 regarding sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles was postponed by 6 months due to Covid-19
The Department of Transportation (DOT) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the phase-in and compliance requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 141 (FMVSS 141) ‘‘Minimum sound for hybrid and electric vehicles’’ will enter into force 6 months later than planned initially.
Details of the new ANATEL radio type approval published
Operational procedures of the new radio type approval procedure in Brazil were published
A couple of months ago, we informed about the entry into force of the new ANATEL Resolution 715 (link to our Insight), which updated conformity assessment and approval processes for telecommunication products in Brazil. Recently, the authority published eight missing operational procedures which clarify some details of the process.
Updates of the measurement of emissions performance
The European Commission is planning to amend the Regulation (EU) 2019/631 setting CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles
In August 2020, a public consultation about the update of the data that EU countries must monitor and report on CO2 emissions for cars and light vans was carried out by the European Commission. Under discussion was a draft delegated regulation amending Annexes I, II and III to Regulation (EU) 2019/631 to update the monitoring parameters and clarify certain aspects relating to the change in the regulatory test procedure.
New rules on the use of the UKCA marking
Finally, on the 1st September 2020 the British government published an official Guidance on using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021.
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking and will also apply to aerosol products.
Update of the regulation for the road safety of buses
Chile updated its regulation for the road safety of buses with the aim to reduce road traffic deaths in accordance with the Stockholm Declaration 2020.
During the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm in February 2020, the so-called Stockholm Declaration 2020 was issued, a document that reaffirms the goal proclaimed by the United Nations Organization in the “Decade for Action of the Road Safety 2011 – 2020”, to reduce the number of deaths in traffic accidents, worldwide, by 50% by 2030.
New EU vehicle type-approval framework in place
On the 1st September 2020, the Regulation (EU) 2018/858 on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles started to apply
The Regulation was adopted in May 2018 to replace the Directive 2007/46/EC establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles, their systems and components. The main change is that the new regulation significantly overhauls and tightens the previous type approval and market surveillance system.
Draft technical regulation on safety belts
Uruguay published a draft Mercosur Technical Regulation on safety belts
Uruguay, member of the South American trade bloc Mercosur (Mercado Común del Sur) along with Brasil, Argentina and Paraguay, published recently the Draft Common Market Group (GMC) Resolution No. 11/19 Rev. 1 – “Mercosur Technical Regulation on safety belts.” The text establishes a regulation on safety belts applicable to certain vehicles circulating in Mercosur States Parties.
New radio label in Argentina
Changes to the Argentinian labelling for radio products were enacted
The Argentinian radio type approval authority ENACOM (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones) has released Resolution 854 (RESOL-2020-854-APN-ENACOM#JGM) that establishes the new labeling scheme for type-approved radio devices.
New TIS marking requirements
Thailand is amending its regulations on marking requirements in the TIS product conformity assessment system
Recently, Thailand announced two new regulations on the TIS marking which will repeal the existing rules. They will prescribe the requirements relating to the description of standard marks displayed on the industrial products in accordance with Section 16 and Section 20 and 21 of the Industrial Product Standards Act B.E. 2551 (1968).
EU-Vietnam FTA and remanufactured products
The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement came into force on the 1 August 2020. It contains, among others, some facilitations for the import of remanufactured products
The EU-Vietnam agreement is the most comprehensive trade agreement the EU has concluded with a developing country. Many important EU export products, such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals or machinery will already enjoy duty free import conditions as of entry into force. The FTA also contains specific provisions to address regulatory barriers for EU car and vehicle spare parts exports.
Updates of the Korean RoHS
South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has announced planned amendments to its Enforcement Decree of the Act on Resource Circulation of Electrical and Electronic Products
The Enforcement Decree of the Act on Resource Circulation of Electrical and Electronic Products can be seen as an equivalent to the EU RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances) Directives which restrict (with exceptions) the use of several hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.
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) 2020/1146 of 31 July 2020, which amends the Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1956 as regards harmonised standards for certain household appliances, etc. The new Decision implements several changes to the existing list.
Brexit – what’s next?
A new European Commission’s Communication summarizes the main changes after the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021 – unfortunately, there are still many unknowns.
Recently, the European Commission published its Communication entitled “Getting ready for changes – Communication on readiness at the end of the transition period between the European Union and the United Kingdom”, in which it described the main changes in the EU-UK relations which will take place starting from 2021. The document covers the impact of the Brexit on different sectors and helps businesses to prepare for it.
New EU Batteries Directive coming soon
The evaluation of the EU Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators carried out by the European Commission may result in a new Batteries Directive already in autumn 2020.
In 2019, the European Commission announced its intention to review EU Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators. After a public feedback period that ran from 28 May 2020 to 9 July 2020, the adoption of a new directive is planned for the 3rd quarter of 2020.
Revision of Korean Regulations for Motor Vehicles
South Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) announced the revision of Korean Safety Regulations for Motor Vehicles and Parts regarding automated driving.
Various changes were announced, e.g.: The Clarification that the subject of safety standard for Level 3 automated driving is a passenger vehicle only (Article 111-3): Since the safety and performance standards for current Level 3 automated driving system were developed for passenger vehicles, the revision would clearly mention it.
New Radio Type Approval regulation in Malawi
According to the market rumours, the Malawian radio regulator MACRA is planning a new radio type approval regulation
The new draft law Communications (Type Approval) Regulations, 2020 will lay down the procedure for radio type approval, labelling requirements, approval processing times and validity periods of the type approval certificates.
Planned change of emissions regulation in California
A public hearing about a planned revision of the Procedures for Exemption of Add-On and Modified Parts, which modify vehicle emission performance has been announced in California.
According to the California Vehicle Code (Section 27156), „No person shall install, sell, offer for sale, or advertise any device, apparatus, or mechanism intended for use with, or as a part of, a required motor vehicle pollution control device or system that alters or modifies the original design or performance of the motor vehicle pollution control device or system.”
European Type Approval Exchange System
The European Commission has published a draft implementing regulation on the European Type Approval Exchange System.
It lays down rules on the online data exchange and the notification of EU type-approvals under Regulation (EU) 2018/858. The draft Commission Implementing Regulation establishes the European Type Approval Exchange System which is supposed to be a common secure electronic exchange System.
New detailed EU vehicle type-approval requirements
The European Commission has published the draft Commission Implementing Regulation laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) 2019/2144.
The Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 establishes type-approval requirements for motor vehicles and their trailers, and systems, components, as regards their general safety. The draft Commission Implementing Regulation implementing it concerns administrative provisions and technical requirements as regards vehicle systems and components, such as demist/defrost, spray-suppression systems, gear shift indicator, wheel guards, etc
Public consultation on a new emissions standard Euro 7
The European Commission is carrying out a public consultation on a new emissions standard Euro 7 for vehicles. The new regulation is planned for the 4th quarter of 2021.
A couple of days ago, the European Commission announced a public consultation on Euro 7 – European vehicle emissions standards for cars, vans, lorries and buses. The initiative is a part of the European Green Deal and the EU’s commitment to accelerate the shift to sustainable and smart mobility.
New draft vehicle type approval regulation in Moldova
Recently the Moldovan government has announced a draft version of the Law on the approval and market surveillance of vehicles and their components
The Law will partially transpose the provisions of the Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007 establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.
New standards on Electric Vehicles and their batteries
In order to keep pace with the latest technical developments, China has published updated versions of two standards for electric vehicles and batteries.
The recently updated standards are GB 38031-2020 – Electric Vehicles Traction Battery Safety Requirements and GB 18384-2020 – Electric Vehicles Safety Requirements.
New technical regulation on emissions
Recently, Vietnam has published Draft National Technical Regulation on the fourth level of gaseous pollutants emissions for new assembled, manufactured and imported automobiles amending the previous regulation QCVN 86:2015/BGTVT.
The Technical Regulation specifies the emission limits, exhausting test and methods, requirements for management and performing of the fourth level of gaseous pollutants emissions on quality inspection of technical safety and environmental protection.
Indian BIS certification for safety glass postponed
A couple of month ago we informed about the planned BIS certification for vehicle safety glass in India (see our Insight), which was supposed to come into force in September 2020. However, according to the recent information, it will be postponed.
On 23 June 2020, the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry published the order F. No. 11(6)/2017-CI which postponed the entry into force of the BIS certification for vehicle safety glass until 1 April 2021.
Planned review of General Product Safety Directive
Very recently, the European Commission has announced a public consultation about a possible review of the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). The feedback period ends on the 1 September 2020
GPSD provides the EU legal framework for the safety of non-food consumer products to the extent that there are no specific provisions with the same safety objective in other EU legislation, such as EU harmonised legislation for specific products.
New UNECE cybersecurity and software update regulations
The final version of the UNECE regulations for cybersecurity and software updates has been published by UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations
The regulations are the first attempt harmonized at the international level at regulating the cybersecurity risks and issues related to software updates in vehicles. It is an important step to help car manufacturers to tackle these risks by establishing clear performance and audit requirements.
ECall system in the United Arab Emirates
In the UAE, a technical regulation on an emergency communication system for vehicles (ECall) was adopted in April 2018.
The system is designed to automatically detect collisions between vehicles and then use the driver’s mobile phone connection to automatically place an emergency call with GPS position, time and number plate and establish a telephone connection to the nearest emergency call center.
New RoHS requirements in Oman
New rules regarding the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment will come into force on the 30th of June, according to an Omani technical notice.
The new Regulation imposes the same restrictions as in EU Directive 2017/2102, the EU’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. Among the affected products are radios in cars and other transport vehicles, radio equipment embedded in other products like telephones or stereo systems, as well as modems and routers.
Product requirements worldwide - the ePing system
The WTO’s ePing system consolidates all product requirements of WTO members, which can be accessed free of charge by manufacturers and retailers for each market
In today’s age, almost all markets around the world are covered with their own or overlapping regulations. How is it still possible not to lose track of the large number of regulations and Standards?
Implementation of the new EU vehicle type approval law
The new Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/683 which implements the new EU vehicle type approval regulation was published recently and will apply from 5 July 2020.
The Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/683 implements the Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regards to the administrative requirements for the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.
CNCA-C11-20:2020 for brake linings
The final version of the regulation making brake linings subject to the CCC certification has been published
As we wrote in our previous insight (link), after a publication of a draft Implementation Rule for Compulsory Certification of Brake Linings for Automobiles by the Chinese authority CNCA a couple of months ago, a final version of the law was expected to be published.
New CCC products catalogue
The list of products subject to the CCC certification was updated
The Chinese market supervision authority State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) published recently an updated and consolidated catalogue of products subject to the CCC certification.
New whole vehicle certification regulation in China
CNCA-C11-01:2020: Compulsory Product Certification Implementation Rules for Automotive modifies the existing whole vehicle certification process in China
Very recently, the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) issued the CNCA-C11-01:2020: Compulsory Product Certification Implementation Rules for Automotive, which is an updated version of the main Chinese whole vehicle type approval regulation. The law replaces the previous CNCA-C11-01-2014, specifies requirements for the whole vehicle approval and simplifies the certification process for automotive manufacturers.
New standard for technical documentation under RoHS
In the future, technical documentation for electric and electronic devices will have to comply with the new harmonized standard EN IEC 63000:2018.
Recently, the European Commission published the Implementing decision 2020/659 in which a new harmonised standard (EN IEC 63000:2018) for the technical documentation required for assessing materials, components and electrical and electronic equipment under the RoHS Directive was enforced.
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).