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.

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New draft for EU product liability directive

The Commission presented its long-awaited draft for a new product liability directive on Sept. 28, 2022.

The industry may have to prepare for a drastic tightening of product liability legislation in Europe. One of the main new aspects in this draft, is the cybersecurity requirements of the product.

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EU proposes to ban products manufactured using forced labor

The proposal is based on internationally agreed definitions and standards.

National authorities will be authorized to remove products produced in forced labor from the EU market following an investigation. EU customs authorities will both identify and stop products produced in forced labor at the EU’s external borders.

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New EU draft Regulation regarding Microplastic published

This draft Regulation will introduce a new entry to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

The European Commission has published a draft regulation to restrict placing microplastics and certain products containing microplastics, on the market. The restriction will be adopted under the REACH regulation, which sets the EU framework for chemicals.

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New draft EU Machinery Regulation published

This means there will be significant amendments and consequences for the mechanical and plant engineering industry.

The aim of this European regulation is to replace the EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC to become the new central set of regulations for the safety of machinery and equipment.

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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.

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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.

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Delegated Regulation regarding chemical substances

Recently, proposals to introduce and update harmonized classifications and labels of certain substances have been submitted to the European Chemicals Agency

The European Chemicals Agency has been notified of suggestions to update, introduce and delete harmonized classifications and labels of certain substances in accordance with Article 37 of CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.

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New standards for the Low Voltage Directive

A new list of harmonized standards for the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU was recently published in the Official Journal of the European Union

The list is included in the Commission’s Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/713 of May 10. 2022. This amends the Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1956 regarding harmonized standards for certain household appliances, etc. Through this new amendment, various changes are made to the existing list.

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New Emissions Trading System (ETS) for road transport

The European Commission proposed to implement a separate EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for the road transport sector and buildings.

The proposal to amend Directive 2003/87/EC concerns the ongoing phase 4 of the ETS (2021-2030). One of the several key points in this amendment is a separate, self-standing ETS for buildings and road transport.

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Regulation changes regarding emissions type-approval

Recently the European Commission published a Draft Commission Regulation, which brings changes to emissions type-approval of heavy-duty vehicles

This draft Commission Regulation has been drafted in the process of amending Regulation (EU) No. 582/2011. Previously, type approval testing had to be repeated for both diesel (B7) and pure biodiesel (B100) to demonstrate compliance with emission requirements.

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New drafts of EU Regulations on automated driving

Recently the European Commission published two draft EU Regulations, which allow a wider use of fully automated vehicles.

The first draft (Ares(2022)2077610) mainly specifies changes to (EU) 2018/858 on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, which would allow the European Small Series Type Approval (EUSSTA) of fully automated vehicles.

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Extension of substances listed in the REACH Regulation

An update of the REACH Regulation was recently published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), by which 5 substances were added to the list

Annex XIV to the REACH Regulation lists substances that require authorization before they can be placed on the market. The total number of substances increases from 54 to 59. The list is regularly updated by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

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New legal framework in prospect due to the Data Act

The draft takes a cross-sectoral approach and aims at a fairer distribution of the value creation associated with data.

According to the EU Commission, the potential of machine-generated data has so far remained largely untapped. The draft Data Act enables certain private and public actors to access and use data. The aim of the new Data Act is to give consumers and businesses more say in how their data is used by clarifying who has access to the data and under what conditions.

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RoHS Regulation instead of RoHS Directive?

Public consultation has been launched on a review of the ROHS Directive

The EU Commission has launched a public consultation regarding a review of the EU rules for the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electronics.  The RoHS Directive currently restricts the use of 10 hazardous substances in EEE and is a part of the CE conformity assessment system in the EU.

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