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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EU Commission announces Euro 7 emissions standard

This standard is intended to combine the Euro 6 standard for passenger cars and Euro 6 for commercial vehicles into one set of emissions regulations for all.

Generally, the Euro 7 standard applies to all vehicles, regardless of whether they are diesel, gasoline, hybrid or purely electrically powered.


New Chinese National Standard for tyres

The Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation released a new Standard for Passenger car tires.

This new standard specifies the requirements for car tires as well as their test methods, inspection rules, labeling and implementation rules.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The UN proposes amendments to UN Regulation No. 157

This could be a landmark decision for mobility, as the UN proposes to extend speed limits for automated driving in certain traffic areas from the current 60 km/h up to 130 km/h.

The draft amendment to UN Regulation No. 157, which has been approved by the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) mainly focuses on increasing the maximum speed for automated driving systems (ADS) for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles on highways and allows automated lane changes.



EU ban on combustion-engine cars starting in 2035

The Parliament of the European Union agreed on a ban concerning sales of new combustion-engine cars from 2035 forward.

Taking up the fight against climate change the majority of the sitting members of the European Parliament gathered behind the ban on sales of combustion-engine cars. The clear objectives are to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 100% until the middle of the next decade. Further, there is the hope that the ban will result in a faster development of vehicles powered by electricity.


Korea harmonizes autonomous driving standards

Recently the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has released a revision of “Rules on the Performance and Standards for Motor Vehicles and their Parts“

This amendment shall update the automated driving systems (ADS) requirements of the KMVSS, which were introduced in 2019, to include and harmonize the standards for commercialization of automated vehicles (Level 3) with the international regulation (UN R157 and its Supplement 1).


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