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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Minnesota to adopt California emission standards?

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) proposed a rule to adopt the Low-Emission Vehicles and Zero-Emission Vehicles standards from California. 

The proposed rule, known as Clean Cars Minnesota, would adopt two California emissions standards for GHGs and other air pollutants from light-duty and medium-duty vehicles.  The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air pollutant emissions.

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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.

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Applicability of NHTSA FMVSS Test Procedures 

The American authority NHTSA recently clarified a controversy about the applicability of NHTSA FMVSS Test Procedures to manufacturers.

The NHTSA published a notice in which it explained that the FMVSS test procedures apply only to NHTSA’s compliance testing, and manufacturers are not required to ensure that their vehicles are designed in such a manner as to ensure that the vehicles are capable of being tested pursuant to such standards as a condition of self-certification.

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European Parliament in favor of “Right to Repair”

395 MEPs voted to support the “right to repair” resolution which is expected to simplify the repair process of consumers’ products and promote sustainability in the European Union.

The European Parliament is planning on promoting overall sustainability in the European Union by improving the life span and repairability of consumer products. According to a Eurobarometer survey, 77% of EU citizens stated that they prefer to have their devices repaired instead of replaced and 79% stated that manufacturers should be obliged to simplify the repair process for consumers’ devices.

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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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NHTSA Requests Comments on Cybersecurity Best Practices

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA is requesting comments on the draft on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles.

On January 8th, 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA submitted a draft on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles to the Federal Register for publication to consolidate current industry knowledge and insights.

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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 vehicle labeling requirements?

Ecuador published recently a Draft Instruction for the Implementation of Labeling for Vehicles

The purpose of the Instruction is to establish the requirements and procedures for the application of vehicle labeling, which provides information to consumers on aspects related to safety, emissions and energy efficiency, and enables them an informed purchase.

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End of transition period for verification of conformity

In Morocco, the tolerance period for products subject to verification of conformity in country of export ends on 1 January 2021.

The Moroccan authorities announced officially that the tolerance period for products subjected to verification in country of export will end on 1 January 2021. Starting from that day, all industrial products subject to verification on conformity in the country of export must present a certificate of conformity from an accredited body in order to get a clearance at destination.

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Possible FMVSS test procedures update

NHTSA is seeking public comments on whether any of the FMVSS testing procedures should be updated or replaced.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in USA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to seek public comment on whether any test procedures for any Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) may be a candidate for replacement, repeal, or modification, for reasons other than for considerations relevant only to automated driving systems (ADS).

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Updates to European OBD and RMI information regulation

The European Commission published a draft Delegated Regulation amending the provisions on vehicle on-board diagnostics information and repair and maintenance information.

Draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending Annex X to Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the standardized access to vehicle on-board diagnostics information and repair and maintenance information, and the requirements and procedures for access to vehicle security information was published recently.

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ANATEL changes Radio Type Approval requirements

Brazils Telecommunication Authority ANATEL published Act No. 7280 which replaces Act No. 2222 from 2020. It will come into force on the 1st of June 2021.

Several changes were made in the new act, such as testing modalities, testing requirements and certification renewal deadlines. The new rules stipulated in the act apply to certificates issued through type testing with periodic evaluation under Act No. 2222, other product’s certificates stay valid until changes in the product itself are made.

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New safety standard for electric vehicles in China

On January 1st, 2021, a new standard on safety requirements on electric vehicles in China will come into force.

The Chinese SAC (Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China) has announced that a standard regarding the electrical and functional safety requirements for electric vehicles in China, namely GB 18384-2020, will come into force on January 1st, 2021. The standard will replace existing standards and will apply to all electric vehicles in China.

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Framework for Automated Driving System Safety

NHTSA is requesting comments on the development of a framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in USA is requesting comments on the development of a framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety. The framework’s aim is to define, assess, and manage the safety of ADS performance while ensuring the flexibility needed to enable further innovation.

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New Radio Type Approval Procedure in Sri Lanka

On 16 December 2020, a new radio type approval procedure is coming into force in Sri Lanka

Recently, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of Sri Lanka published “Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Type Approval Rules 2020” in the official Gazette.  They are applicable to all types of RTTE intended to be imported, marketed, manufactured or used in Sri Lanka.

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