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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WTO published the 3rd edition of its TBT Report

A new report on the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) was published recently by the World Trade Organization

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?


QR-Codes as a part of the TIS marking

The requirement to add a QR-code to the TIS label in Thailand was postponed until July 2021

As we informed in one of the previous insights (link), QR-codes were supposed to accompany the TIS-labelling of products sold in Thailand.  This requirement was introduced in the Ministerial Regulation Prescribing Description, Production and Method of Displaying of Standard Marks on the Industrial Products B.E.2563 (2020) and was expected to come into force on 21 January 2021.


New Product Safety Law in Turkey

In March 2021, the new Turkish Product Safety Law will come into force.

The new Turkish Product Safety and Technical Regulations Law No. 7223, which was published in the Official Gazette in March 2020, will come into force on 12 March 2021.  The aim of the law is to further harmonize the Turkish product safety system with the EU legislation and to ensure that all products are supplied to the market in accordance with the safety and technical legislation.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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).


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.


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?


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.


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


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