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EAEU Updates Requirements to Customs Declaration of Some Lighting Equipment

On April 24, 2019, the Eurasian Economic Union issues Decision No. 41. According to this document, the EAEU updated the list of products that, along with a customs declaration, must contain documents confirming compliance with the requirements of TR CU 004/2011 or TR CU 020/2011. The following changes were made: Items 14 and 16 were modified in the list of products that, along with a customs declaration, must contain documents confirming compliance with the requirements of TR CU 004/2011. The 14th item now contains only lighting equipment (lamps) for garden ponds and aquariums. Prior, there were heaters, compressors, pumps, filters, decorative fountains, and electric feeders. As for the 16th

Nigeria Publishes the Updated Type Aproval List

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) published a Type Approval standards list on April 3, 2019. The standards are based on international standards of the following organisations: The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) The International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR) The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) The NCC reminds that manufacturers, vendors, and operators must ensure that their equipment conforms to the applicable standards as mandated by the Commission before bringing them into Nigeria. The list of type approval standards with key provisions you can find bel

EU Updates the RoHS Exemption List

The European Commission modified the exemption list for the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. The changes concern both expired exemptions and new ones. Thus, nine expired exemptions were extended and seven new exemptions were added. Please, see the changes in the table below: All in all, new six exemptions put restrictions for some categories of products and will become valid from March 1, 2020. The last one (42) applies only to Category 11 (all other electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that will come into force from July 22, 2019. RoHS allows to exempt some of the restricted substances for certain classes of products and applications. However, d

South Korea Amends Measurement Standards for Electromagnetic Intensity

The National Radio Research Agency (RRA) of South Korea updated the measurements standard for the electromagnetic field intensity. Thus, National Radio Research Commission Notice No. 2017-7 dated by April 4, 2017 was changed to the National Radio Research Commission Notice No. 2019-3 dated by March 4, 2019. The main changes are: Detailed information is given on the measurement of the electromagnetic wave intensity of radio stations according to Article 47-2 of the Radio Law. Annexes from 1 to 5 are included with forms that should be filled after completing the measurement of electromagnetic field strength. The calculation of the magnetic flux density of the electromagnetic strength criterion

Thailand Recalls 2600 MHz Band to Prepare the Spectrum for the Upcoming 5G Auction

On March 5, 2019, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand approved the recall of the unused 2600MHz band. It will then be prepared for the 5G auction aimed at building infrastructure for the wireless technology. The decission is based upon the Frequency Allocation Act (NBTC Law) which stipulates that the regulator must recall spectrum slots that are mainly held by state agencies and used inefficiently. The NBTC required to return 190MHz of unused bandwidth, including 154MHz now held by MCOT and 12MHz held by the Royal Thai Army. Apart from 2600MHz, the NBTC plans to recall several other ranges for future auction: 470MHz, 1500MHz, 3400-3800MHz and 26-28G

QMS Evaluation for Medical Devices Becomes Mandatory in the EAEU

In November 2017, the EAEU Council approved requirements for implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of the quality management system for medical devices with regards to the potential risk of their use. These measures were implemented to ensure that products sold in the EAEU have stable quality and safety performance. However, the requirements became mandatory from March 16, 2019. It means that now manufacturers of medical devices must implement the Quality Management System on their factories. The supervisory audit is also mandatory for the medical devices which use is associated with a high risk to the patient's well-being. Moreover, for the EAEU manufacturers as well as for the foreig

EU Finalized the Format of Energy Efficiency Labels for 6 Categories of Products

On March 11, 2019, The European Commission approved modification of the energy efficiency label for 6 categories of products. 5 categories are household appliances: dishwashers washing machines and washer-dryers refrigerators including wine storage fridges lamps electronic displays including televisions monitors and digital signage displays The 6th category is so-called “commercial fridges” It is planned that the consumer could see these new labels in March 2021. The labels will have a QR code to help consumers get additional information about the device using their smartphones. The energy labels will display not only electricity consumption but other information and pictograms according to

Agreement on Common Labeling System of Goods Came into Force in EAEU

Recently, the Agreement on labeling of goods with the identification signs issued by the EAEU government in 2018 became effective. The Agreement is aimed at unifying the process of marking goods with machine-readable and mutually readable signs throughout the EAEU. It is worth mentioning that the Agreement is a kind of a framework that allows taking flexible decisions on using the labeling in relation to a wide list of goods. Starting from March 29, 2019, EAEU members must submit a proposal to be considered by all other EAEU participants with regard to the particular product before introducing the mark on the territory. The procedure takes about 3 months. Within this period, the Eurasian Eco

Guide to China Market Access for Electrical and R&TT Products

Electrical and R&TT products accessing the market of China are subject to: CCC (China Compulsory Certificate) Certification. The CCC mark is Chinese national safety and quality mark. SRRC (State Radio Regulation Committee) Certification. Type approval for radio communications equipment and wireless products. NAL (Network Access License) Licensing. Approval of all telecom equipment with access to public networks; CEL (China Energy Label) Labeling. Proof of energy efficiency registration through the CELC (China Energy Label Center) for household products, ITE, lamps, etc.; China RoHS 2 (Restriction of Hazardous Substances). Self-declaration label for electrical and electronic products. Telecom

Peru Postpones Implementation of New Requirements for Mandatory Certification of Energy Appliances

On April 6, 2019, Peruvian Government published Supreme Decree No. 009-2019-EM to postpone the date of implementation of requirements for mandatory certification established by Technical Regulation on the Energy Efficiency Labelling of Energy Using Equipment No. 009-2017-EM of 07.04.2017. According to the new Decree, requirements to submit a Certificate of Conformity will enter into force gradually for the following energy appliances within the following deadlines: For household lamps and similar products for general lighting — up to 210 calendar days after April 7, 2019 — till November 3, 2019 For three-phase asynchronous or induction electric motors with squirrel cage rotor —up to 240 cale

New Energy Labelling Requirements Came into Force in Colombia

In 2015, Colombian Government through The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MINMINAS) issued Resolution № 41012. The document establishes Technical Regulations for Energy Labelling — RETIQ. On September 28, 2018, the MINMINAS issued the Resolution № 40993 modifying requirements for the labelling. The updated law prescribes adjustments in the Energy Efficiency Label and clarifies some requirements related to air conditioning units and gas cooking appliances. It provided updates to the list of testing standards and requirements on methods for product testing. From April 1, 2019 the Resolution reinstates the mandatory labelling requirements Multi split air-conditioners 3 phase motors and monophase

Thailand Issues New VHF/UHF Technical Standards

On January 2, 2019, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand issued two VHF/UHF Technical Standards: NBTC TS 1024-2561 for Radiocommunication Equipment Used in Land Mobile Service in the VHF/UHF Frequency Band for Speech and/or Data Communications (Digital). NBTC TS 1001-2561 for Radiocommunication Equipment Used in Land Mobile Service in VHF/UHF Bands for Speech Communications (Analog). The new standards entered into force on April 3, 2019. The main changes between previous and new standards include amendments to channel spacing, conducted spurious emissions, frequency deviation, maximum usable sensitivity, and electrical safety requirements. These Stan

Transition Period for Non-Compliant Radio Equipment Expired in Ukraine

On May 24, 2017, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers adopted Resolution № 355 featuring the Technical Regulation on Radio Equipment in Ukraine. The document came into force on April 1, 2018. This Resolution established a transition period for radio equipment that does not comply with the requirements of the Technical Regulation and this period expired on April 1, 2019. The Technical Regulation aims at harmonization of the national legislation with the European Directive 2014/53/EU related to the market access of radio equipment. It provides a legal framework for placing products on the market and applies to all forms of delivery including e-commerce and distance selling. The radio equipment

WEBINAR: New Technical Regulations on Radio Electronic Devices in Moldova. Major Challenges and Bott

Overview: On January 30, Moldova issued new Technical Regulations on Radio Electronic Devices (RED). The updated law is focused on the essential requirements to the radio equipment, conditions of placing the devices on the market, and putting it into service. The document will come into force on February 22, 2021. This webinar will cover major requirements RED manufacturers and sellers should follow to comply with new Technical Regulations. From obligations of the economic operators to requirements to the technical documentation, GMA Consult Group Team will help you become fully armed to access the market of Moldova faster avoiding major mistakes along the way. You will learn: Obligations of

Guidance on Placing Manufactured Goods on the UK Market after the Brexit

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy of the UK releases the guidance in case the UK leaves the EU after October 31, 2019. Actually, there are different approaches to placing a product on the UK market depending on the type of product and regulations that should be followed. First of all, it is necessary to understand whether the product is: subject to the requirements of the new approach subject to the requirements of the old approach not subject to common EU rules and may come under the national rules (non-harmonized product). If a product falls under the requirements of the New Approach First of all, if the product is placed on the market before the UK has left the EU

UK Launches a New Service for Creating an Energy Label

The UK government department responsible for ecodesign and energy product policy introduced a new service. It allows manufacturers or sellers of household appliances and consumer electronics to create their own energy labels for the products that are going to be placed on the UK market. It is possible to design an energy label for the following categories of the product: Air conditioners Dishwashers Fridges and freezers Lamps Local space heaters Ovens Range hoods Refrigerated storage cabinets for professional use Solid fuel boilers Space heaters Televisions Tumble dryers Ventilation units Washing machines Water heaters Thus, before placing a power consuming device on the UK market, it must b

Vietnam Publishes MIC Regulations Updates

Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has published the following regulations updates that will be effective since July 1, 2019: QCVN 117:2018/BTTTT: National technical regulation on Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) User Equipment (UE) - Radio Access. Issued on April 13, 2018, this Vietnamese national standard is based on ETSI EN 301 908-13 V11.1.1 (2016-07) and ETSI EN 301 908-1 V11.1.1 (2016-07) and replaces QCVN 47:2015/BTTTT as radio access requirements for 4G/LTE terminal devices. QCVN 118:2018/BTTTT: Technical Regulation on Electromagnetic Compatibility of Multimedia Equipment (include ITE and AV) - Emission Requirements. Issued on May 25, 2018, th

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 January and February 2019, RusAccreditation conducted 225 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: 15 accreditation authorities received temporary injunctions in order to fix violations 10 accreditation authorities were suspended (including 2 certifi

The Philippines Updates Standards for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances

The Department of Trade and Industry — Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) recently adopted the International Standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on household and similar electrical appliances. The following International Standards were adopted and approved as Philippine National Standards (PNS) through the BPS Technical Committee on Cooking, Heating and Household Appliances (BPS/TC 23/30) in March and April 2019 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

Canada Publishes Decision on Technical and Policy Framework for White Space Devices

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) released the decision on the Technical and Policy Framework for White Space Devices in March 2019. The Decision gives informs about the spectrum utilization by white space devices in the very-high frequency (VHF) and the ultra-high frequency (UHF) bands (54-72 MHz, 76-88 MHz, 174-216 MHz, and 470-698 MHz frequency ranges). The Decision is based on the consultation process in SMSE-018-17. The following decisions were made during the process: D.1 It is possible to use fixed white space devices in TV channels 3 and 4 (60-72 MHz) D.2 Apart from fixed white space devices, such types as personal/portable devices can operate in TV channels

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