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 EU ecodesign and energy labelling requirements

On the 1 March 2021, ten implementing regulations setting out energy efficiency and other requirements for the several product groups entered into force in the EU

Products in scope of the regulations are: refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, electronic displays (including televisions), light sources and separate control gears, external power suppliers, electric motors, refrigerators with a direct sales function (e.g. fridges in supermarkets, vending machines for cold drinks), power transformers and welding equipment.

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New Turkish ecodesign and energy labelling requirements

Turkey recently published a Draft Regulation on Framework for Energy Labelling as well as several ecodesign and energy labelling regulations for specific product categories.

In spite of frequent political skirmishes with the EU, Turkey is continuously in the process of implementing EU legislation into its national law. Therefore, the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology has published an Energy Efficiency Labeling Framework Regulation, based on the EU Energy Labeling Framework Regulation 2017/1369.

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Updates to EU RoHS Exemptions

Soon, new EU RoHS exemptions may be published.

According to article 5 of the RoHS Directive (EU Directive 2011/65/EU), exemptions to the EU RoHS general rules must be reviewed every five years in order to remain consistent with scientific and technical progress.  Since Directive entered into force on 21 July 2011, the second review may take place soon.

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New Philippine energy labeling program

Philippines published draft implementing guidelines of the Philippine energy labeling program for several product categories

The guidelines provide the Particular Product Requirements (PPR) for the information and guidance of all concerned and for compliance by all manufacturers, importers, distributors, dealers and other key stakeholders for air conditioners, refrigerating appliances, televisions and lighting.

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New requirements on the repairability index

France announced a new draft Decree relating to the repairability index of electrical and electronic equipment

Recently, the French government published a draft Decree relating to the repairability index of electrical and electronic equipment (Décret relatif à l’indice de réparabilité des équipements électriques et électroniques).  The decree defines the terms of application of article L 541-9-2 of the Environment code which provides for the implementation of a repairability index for certain categories of electrical and electronic equipment.

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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.

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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.

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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) 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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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