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Ghana Sets Mandatory Certification for Some High-Risk Goods

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) informs that from January 1, 2019 high-risk products must be tested and inspected under the applicable standards of their country of origin and get a certificate of conformity prior to import to Ghana. The following types of products that can be referred to the high-risk products: 1. Toys, games, and sports equipment 2. Electrical and electronic products 3. Chemical products (except household chemical substances) 4. Mechanical materials and gas appliances 5. Pulp of wood, paper, and paperboard 6. Furniture (wood and metal base items) 7. Construction Materials 8. Fuel/ petroleum products 9. Textile, textile items, and leatherwear 10. Mining equipment and pa

Guide to Costa Rica Market Access for Electrical and R&TT Products

The general regulatory framework for electrical and electronic products imported to Costa Rica is based on Energy Efficiency and Telecom Approval. Telecommunication Approval applies to the products that utilize radio frequency and cellular technologies, such as: Cell phones Radio and Wireless Equipment The Costa Rican Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL) is the body that grants and regulates telecom and wireless approval. SUTEL is certification and accreditation body which certifies, accept certificates, enforce the law, control borders, executes market-surveillance, etc. SUTEL also acts as a technical body responsible for ensuring the efficient use of radio spectrum and monitoring

Chile Establishes Requirements for Safety Approval of Double-Capped LED Lamps

Chilean Ministry of Energy adopted Resolution № 21365 of 28.11.2017, which approves safety Protocol PE No. 5/25 applicable to double-capped LED lamps designed to retrofit G5 and G13 linear fluorescent lamps. These lamps are designed to replace fluorescent lamps without additional modification to the internal wiring of the luminaire. This protocol does not cover LED lamps for which the luminaires require modification. Starting from March 30, 2019, national manufacturers, importers, and marketers of the foregoing LED lamps must have the respective certificate of safety approval prior to selling their products in Chile. The document should be granted by an accredited certification body and auth

The European Union Publishes Guide to Radio Equipment Directive

The European Union (EU) released the Guide to the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED), which can be considered as a manual for all parties affected by the directive. It explains and clarifies some key points that help to use the Directive in a right way. The Guide is based on the RED Directive and on the “Blue Guide” but does not duplicate the items from the “Blue Guide”. You can find links to the applicable articles of “the Blue Guide” in the text of the Guide to RED. Thus, this Guide should be read in conjunction with “the Blue Guide” . The Guide contains 11 sections and 2 annexes: Scope Obligations of the economic operators Essential requirements Interface regulations & specificati

Colombia Postpones Effective Date of Technical Regulation on Labeling of Zinc-Carbon and Alkaline Ba

On January 16, 2019, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development published Resolution № 16/2019. According to the document, the Resolution № 0721 of 2018 will become effective from July 19, 2019. The Resolution № 0721 sets out requirements for the labeling of zinc-carbon and alkaline batteries as well as the requirements for the maximum permitted levels of heavy metals including new minimum information requirements for the labels. This Regulation applies to all zinc-carbon and alkaline batteries, which are manufactured domestically or imported into Colombia except rechargeable batteries, button cell batteries, and batteries ente

India Updates the BIS Mark for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances

On January 30, 2019, the Bureau of Indian Standards has announced an update of the BIS Mark. The new BIS mark is: Previously, the equivalent IEC standard (IEC 60035-1) was also required on this mark. All products that fall under the Indian Standard IS 302, such as adapters for household and similar electrical appliances, need to revise their India BIS Mark to reflect the changes. The official document is available here. The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team. GMA Consult Group provides a full cycle of international type approval and global market access services for IT, Telecom and industrial electrical products in all countries throughout the world. With proven exp

Energy Efficiency Requirements for Heaters and Water Heaters in Switzerland

Adopted on November 1, 2017 by the Swiss Federal Council, the Ordinance aims to reduce energy consumption and increase the energy efficiency of mass-produced equipment, vehicles, and installations. Compliance deadlines for each specific product are introduced on a phased basis. The Ordinance establishes ecodesign and energy efficiency requirements for water heaters, hot water storage tanks, space heaters, and combination heaters. It also sets out the end of the transitional period for non-compliant products. Starting from March 31, 2019, the foregoing products are restricted to access the Swiss market. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is responsible for monitoring the observance and

Ecuador Updates Technical Regulations on Domestic Refrigeration Appliances

On January 24, 2019, the Ecuadorian Standardisation Service (INEN) through the Ecuadorian Ministry of Industry and Productivity issued the following Resolutions: Resolution № 19039 to withdraw the First Revision of the Technical Regulation RTE INEN 009 on Domestic Refrigeration Apliances (approved by the Resolution № 18084 of 2018) Resolution № 19040 to withdraw the First Revision of the Regulation RTE INEN 035 on Energy Efficiency Labeling for Domestic Refrigeration Equipment (approved by the Resolution № 18065 of 2018) The withdrawals are effective immediately. Now household refrigeration appliances are subject to the requirements of initial versions of the following Technical Regulations:

Ecuador Updates Technical Regulations on Domestic Refrigeration Appliances

On January 24, 2019, the Ecuadorian Standardisation Service (INEN) issued the following Resolutions: Resolution № 19039 to withdraw the First Revision to the Technical Regulation RTE INEN 009 on domestic refrigeration appliances (approved by the Resolution № 18084 of 2018) Resolution № 19040 to withdraw the First Revision to the Technical Regulation RTE INEN 035 on energy efficiency labelling for domestic refrigeration equipment (approved by the Resolution № 18065 of 2018) The withdrawals came into force immediately. Now household refrigeration appliances are subject to the requirements of initial versions of the following Technical Regulations: RTE INEN 009 approved by the Resolution № 058

India Publishes Mandatory Compliance Guidelines for Luminaires

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has published guidelines for implementation of Amendment 1 to IS 10322 (Part 5/ Sec 5): 2013, "Luminaires: Part 5 Particular requirements, Section 5 Floodlight". This amendment will come into force on September 18, 2019. Among the significant changes of this amendment is the adding of photometric requirements for LED luminaires. The following guidelines for implementation of the amendment are given: All Licensees shall ensure that the models marked with the Standard Mark conform to all the requirements of IS 10322 (Part 5/ Sec 5): 2013 including Amendment 1 New Application/Inclusion requests submitted to BIS having Test Report as per IS 10322 (Part 5/ Sec

Turkey Revises Conformity Assessment Standarts for Imported Products

On December 30, 2018, the Turkish Ministry of the Economy published a revised version of the Communiqué on conformity assessment standards for importing, which replaced Communiqué 2018/1. The document appeared in the Official Gazette No. 30641. The Communiqué entered into force on January 1, 2019. It regulates procedures and principles regarding the supervision of certain products’ compliance with import regulations. In this respect, the Communiqué sets out main rules for importers to follow when importing certain products and regulate the importers’ obligations concerning product safety with regard to human health, safety of life and protection of property, environmental safety, and consume

India Publishes Mandatory Compliance Guidelines for Luminaires

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has published guidelines for implementation of Amendment 1 to IS 10322 (Part 5/ Sec 5): 2013, "Luminaires: Part 5 Particular requirements, Section 5 Floodlight". This amendment will come into force on September 18, 2019. Among the significant changes of this amendment is the adding of photometric requirements for LED luminaires. The following guidelines for implementation of the amendment are given: All Licensees shall ensure that the models marked with the Standard Mark conform to all the requirements of IS 10322 (Part 5/ Sec 5): 2013 including Amendment 1 New Application/Inclusion requests submitted to BIS having Test Report as per IS 10322 (Part 5/ Sec

Canada Updates Radio Standards for Sub-GHz Wireless Equipment

On February 2019 under the authority of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, updates of the following Radio Standard Specifications (RSS) were issued: RSS-130 (Issue 2): Equipment Operating in the Frequency Bands 617-652 MHz, 663-698 MHz, 698-756 MHz, and 777-787 MHz. It replaces RSS-130 (Issue 1) dated by October 2013 RSS-196 (Issue 2): Point-to-Multipoint Broadband Equipment Operating in the Band 512-608 MHz for Rural Remote Broadband Systems (RRBS) (TV Channels 21 to 36). It replaces RSS-196 (issue 1) dated by March 2010 Radio Standards Specification-130 (Issue 2) This document came into force upon publication on the website of Innovation, Science and Economic Dev

Mandatory Conformity Mark for Electronics and Electrotechnical Products in Morocco

The mandatory conformity mark for electronics and electrotechnical products became an important step that was made by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Industry, Investment, Commerce and the Digital Economy of Morocco to confirm the safety of the products. The conformity mark of Morocco for electronics and electrotechnical products is the following: The graphic chart resembling proportions of the conformity mark is available here. However, the vertical dimension of the letter "C" of the conformity mark should be not less than 6 mm. The mark should be affixed visibly, legibly, and indelibly to the electrical and electronics products or to its data plate. The manufacturer has to prove that t

FCC Publishes Guide to Certification of Modular Transmitters

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States has published guidelines for modular transmitter instruction manuals and for the process of application reviews by a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB). This document helps applicants to understand which documents are mandatory and what they should contain to be successfully reviewed by a TCB during the certification procedure. Let's take a quick look at the key points of this document: It is worth mentioning that instructions provided by applicants should describe not only use conditions that are applicable to the modular transmitter but point out the items that must be provided in the integration instructions for hos

New National Standard on Energy Efficiency of Hermetic Motor Compressors for Room Air Conditioners i

On February 6, 2018, China published National Standard GB 35971-2018 that established minimum allowable energy efficiency consumption and energy efficiency grades for hermetic motor compressors in room air conditioners. The Standard entered into force on March 1, 2019. The document also specifies testing methods and product inspection rules. It applies to the following products: Hermetic motor compressors in room air conditioners powered by an electric compressor including rotary compressors and scroll compressors with the power input not larger than 5000W Air conditioning machines comprising a motor-driven fan and elements for changing the temperature and humidity including those machines,

UNBS Certification of Products Subject to Mandatory Standards of Uganda

Starting from January 1, 2019, products that are subject to the mandatory standards of Uganda have to be certified against requirements of the relevant national standards and must contain the UNBS Distinctive Mark (Q mark). This mark can be affixed either on the product itself or on its packaging. The mark gives an assurance to the customer that the product conforms with the Uganda Standards and the quality of this product is approved. By now, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has issued over 3,000 standards. However, not all of them are mandatory. There are 1,300 mandatory standards that are covered by the new regulation. If the manufacturer wants to get access to the market, h

Honduras Market Access for Electrical and R&TT Products

The general regulatory framework for electrical and electronic products marketed to Honduras is based on the Telecom Approval. The National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) is a telecommunications regulating agency in Honduras. It is responsible for regulating and coordinating the country's telecom sector. The authority issues regulations and technical guidelines for the supply of telecom services and its fees, assures its compliance, and allocates permits and licenses. The Telecommunication Approval procedure sets mandatory approval requirements (homologation) for wireless products and equipment that is connected to the public telecommunications network along with other radio frequen

Argentina Updates Procedure of Mandatory Certification of Batteries

On January 22, 2019, Argentine Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development (SAyDS) issued Resolution 21/2019, which modified Resolution 14/2007. The document establishes uniform test methods for battery product certification, and make appropriate amendments to streamline the certification and reporting system. According to the Resolution, certification bodies should provide monthly electronic reports to the central office, where records of cross-border movements are kept. Annex 1 of this Resolution sets out a revised procedure for certification, testing, and sampling. The number of samples required for testing depends on the model of battery s the following: Button - 20 Cylindrica

Results of inspections of the accredited certification bodies, laboratories, and organizations in Ru

The Russian Accreditation Authority (Federal Service for Accreditation—RusAccreditation) has inspected the activities of Russian certification bodies, organizations, and testing laboratories for possible violations. During November 2018, RusAccreditation conducted 104 inspections. The inspections were made to: Eliminate non-compliance with accreditation criteria Assess the implementation of previously issued injunctions Reveal possible violations by accredited individuals As a result of the inspection of certification authorities: 10 accreditation authorities received temporary injunctions in order to fix violations 9 accreditation authorities were suspended (including 6 certification bodies

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