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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More time to apply UKCA marking

The British government announced recently that companies are to be given two additional years to start using the new product safety marking – the UKCA marking.

It was announced by the UK government on 14 November 2022 that businesses are to be granted two additional years to apply the new UKCA product safety marking for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales.

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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.

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Cyber security of consumer IoT devices in UK

Great Britain published recently the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill containing cybersecurity requirements for IoT devices

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill creates a new regulatory scheme to ensure that consumer connectable products are more secure against cyber attacks.

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UKCA labelling legislation finally published

UK finally published a law which officially allows adding the UKCA marking using a label or accompanying document instead of direct marking on the product till the end of 2023

The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2021 published recently finally make the information about the UKCA labelling published on the official government websites legally binding.

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New UKCA Implementation Guidance published

New implementation guidelines for the UKCA marking has just been published.

The Guidance has been much awaited by market participants because there was a lot of confusion about the UKCA marking.  Fortunately, the document answers at least some of the open questions.

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Update of UK RoHS

The British version of the Restriction of The Use of Certain Hazardous Substances was recently published

Several day ago, the United Kingdom published the Draft Statutory Instrument: The Restriction of The Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

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More time to apply UKCA marking

The British government confirmed recently that companies would have an extra year to start using the new product safety marking – the UKCA marking.

It was announced by the UK government that businesses will have an additional year to apply the new UKCA product safety marking for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales.  The deadline was extended to 1 January 2023, rather than 1 January 2022.  The legal basis of these changes are the newly published Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021.

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Requirements for electric vehicle charging points

Great Britain published draft Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021.

The British ‘Automated and electric vehicles (AEV) act 2018’ gives the UK Government the powers through secondary legislation to mandate that private electric vehicle chargepoints sold or installed in the UK must have smart functionality and meet minimum device-level requirements. The UK gave a “pre-notification” in March 2021 to give the opportunity to provide early comment.

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Legal Framework for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles

The work on a regulatory framework for connected and autonomous vehicles in the United Kingdom is progressing

In 2018, the British Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) asked the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission to undertake a far-reaching review of the legal framework for automated vehicles, and their use as part of public transport networks and on-demand passenger services.

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Electric Vehicles Charging Regulations to be published

UK informed about its plans to publish Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations 2021

The Regulations will be published under the Automated and Electric Vehicles (AEV) Act 2018.  The AEV Act gives the Government the powers through secondary legislation to mandate that all electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints sold or installed in the UK must have smart functionality and meet minimum requirements, in areas such as cyber and data security, grid stability and interoperability.

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Product conformity and vehicle regulations after Brexit

What are the main provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement with regard to product conformity and vehicle regulations?

Fortunately, the EU and UK managed to reach a last-minute agreement before Christmas and an orderly Brexit was ensured.  Unfortunately, contrary to what some hoped, CE will not be accepted in UK in the future anymore and products will have to bear a special UKCA conformity mark.  On the other hand, at least, Great Britain made a commitment to further accept the UNECE regulations for vehicles and their parts.

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Vehicle type approval in UK after Brexit

Finally, there is a little more clarity on the vehicle type approval provisions in UK after Brexit

The British Department of Transport issued guidelines on the GB vehicle type approvals and the acceptance of EU vehicle type approval and UNECE regulations in the United Kingdom after the Brexit.

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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.

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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.

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Brexit – what’s next?

A new European Commission’s Communication summarizes the main changes after the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021 – unfortunately, there are still many unknowns

Recently, the European Commission published its Communication entitled “Getting ready for changes – Communication on readiness at the end of the transition period between the European Union and the United Kingdom”, in which it described the main changes in the EU-UK relations which will take place starting from 2021. The document covers the impact of the Brexit on different sectors and helps businesses to prepare for it.

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