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.

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PFOA re-classified under California Proposition 65

OEHHA intends to classify perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as carcinogen under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).

While PFOA is currently listed under the Proposition 65 due to its developmental toxicity, the OEHHA plans to list it as carcinogen as well. PFOA was used in the manufacture of various consumer goods, for example as coating material in the clothing industry or for cookware but also in many other products. OEHHA is requesting comments as to whether PFOA meets the criteria set forth in the Proposition 65 regulations by May 3, 2021.

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New guidance for chemicals notification

Canada published a draft New Guidance Document for the notification and testing of new substances: chemicals and polymers

The new Guidance Document provides assistance for complying with regulatory requirements, including step-by-step instructions for the completion of a New Substances Notification (Chemicals and Polymers) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

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New regulation for Consumer Chemical Products

South Korea published Designation of Consumer Chemical Products subject to Safety Confirmation, and Safety and Labeling Standards

The regulation contains a list of new product types and their uses which are subject to Safety Confirmation, and Safety and Labeling Standards.

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Industrial Chemicals Registering Law

A new REACH-like law on chemicals was published in Israel.

Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection published a law entitled Industrial Chemicals Registering Law, 5781-2020.  It establishes a mechanism for registering industrial chemicals, similarly to the European REACH regulation.

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New database for Substances of Concern launched by ECHA

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a new database for information on Substances of Concern

The database called SCIP is destined for information on Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products) established under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD).  The aim is to make recycling of products safer and improve information about dangerous chemicals in products.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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