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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Electric vehicles too quiet?

A new EU regulation establishes minimum noise levels for electric vehicles

In the EU, the sound level of motor vehicles is regulated by the Regulation (EU) No 540/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the 16th of April 2014. Now after 5 years the act was amended by the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/839 of the 7th of March 2019 which requires all newly approved electric vehicles in the EU to emit an audible warning signal for pedestrians.

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Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

Legal framework for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems has been established.

Smart cars of the future are supposed to communicate with each other and with the infrastructure. To achieve that, they need homogenous rules on the entire European continent. European Commission Delegated Regulation of the 13th of March 2019 on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems aims at establishing such rules, necessary to ensure compatibility, interoperability and continuity.

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ABS in Japan

Introduction of mandatory Automatic Braking Systems in all new cars

Due to a recent rise in accidents caused by elderly drivers, Japan’s Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism have announced that all new cars and light trucks sold in Japan require to be equipped with automatic braking systems from 2021. New cars and light trucks need to comply with the new regulations from November 2021, new imported models must comply from June 2024 and existing ones must comply from June 2026.

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European Cybersecurity Act 2019

European Cybersecurity Act (CSA) will reinforce the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and create a European cybersecurity certification framework

The European Cybersecurity Act (Regulation EU 2019/881) entered into force on the 27th of June 2019 and its two main objectives are to establish a new mandate of ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, and create a European cybersecurity certification framework for ICT products, services and processes.

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Towards harmonisation of autonomous vehicles regulations

UN ECE publishes guidelines for automated vehicles

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE), which develops harmonized vehicle regulations, issued its guidelines for automated vehicles. The main purpose of the document is to identify key principles for security and safety of autonomous driving, define the framework for future developments and provide the consistency of regulations among the members.

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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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Consultation on a new Radio Type Approval

The Mexican telecommunications authority IFT launched public consultations on a new type approval procedure for radio equipment.

In November 2019, a consultation paper on a new radio type approval procedure was published on the website of the Mexican telecommunications regulator IFT (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones). Until now, the Mexican type approval was regulated by several legal acts and procedures, which could lead to confusion.

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Resolution 166/19 (CAPE Certification)

New registration process for vehicle original spare parts

In September 2019, the Argentinian government published Resolution 166/19 which modifies the current certification and registration process for spare parts. Until now, non-original safety components imported to Argentina had to undergo the CHAS (Certificado de Homologación de Autopartes de Seguridad) certification process. Original parts were exempted from this requirement if they were covered by the whole vehicle type approval LCM.

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CNCA Announcement No. 26

Details of the CCC self-declaration procedure published by CNCA

On the 30th of December 2019, the Chinese authority CNCA published the Announcement No. 26 with new details of the CCC self-declaration (which was already introduced as a new conformity assessment procedure for several automotive products in Announcement 44 of the 17th of October 2019). In order to simplify the transition from the “regular” CCC-certification to the CCC self-declaration for these products, the CNCA will accept CCC test reports of certified products

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ANATEL Resolution 715

Update of Conformity Assessment and Approval Processes for Telecommunications Products in Brasil

On the 25th of October 2019 ANATEL (Brazilian National Telecommunication Agency) published an information about the ANATEL Resolution 715, which updates conformity assessment and approval processes for telecommunication products. The new regulation will replace the Resolutions 242/2000 and 323/2002 six months after its publication.

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Electronic communications equipment in Sierra Leone

Final draft of the new electronic communications equipment type approval regulations published by the Sierra Leonean regulator

In October 2019, the final draft of the new electronic communications equipment type approval regulations was published by the National Telecommunications Commissions (NATCOM), the regulator in Sierra Leone. There are six product categories listed that need a type approval for being sold in Sierra Leone, such as terminal Equipment and short range radio devices.

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CNCA Announcement 44 – impact on automotive

The CCC certification system for automotive products changes again…

On the 17th of October 2019, CNCA published Announcement 44 concerning a modification of the regulations for CCC certification. According to the announcement, some car parts no longer require mandatory CCC certification. These parts, listed in Annex 1 of the announcement, will no longer be accepted for CCC-certification with immediate effect and their existing certificates will be deleted.

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EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

Entry into force of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

After long negotiations, the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Singapore came into force on the 21st of November 2019. The trade agreement obliges both parties to reduce import duties and facilitate mutual market access. An important clause is that Singapore accepts automotive products type-approved under EC or UNECE as compliant with its domestic technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures, without further testing or marking.

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EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement

Easier market access for European vehicles and their parts thanks to EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement?

European OEMs welcomed the conclusion of longstanding (almost 20 years) negotiations between the EU and the Mercosur states (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay) on a free trade agreement on the 28th of June 2019. Among numerous provisions of the Agreement there is a reduction of tariffs for cars and their parts.

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RoHS in Eurasian Economic Union

New regulations on hazardous substances in Eurasian Economic Union are coming into force soon

Electrotechnical products marketed in the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union) will require a confirmation of conformity from the 1st of March 2020. The manufacturers will have to prove that their products comply with the Technical Regulations “EAEU TR 037/2016” for restricting of the use of hazardous substances in electrotechnical and radioelectronic products.

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