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EU Updates Regulation on Market Surveillance and Compliance of Products

The European Union is stepping up efforts to ensure that only products that are safe and compliant with EU legislation can be placed on the market. On June 25, 2019, the Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on Market Surveillance and Compliance of Products and amending Directive 2004/42/EC and Regulations (EC) No 765/2008 and (EU) No 305/2011 (the Market Surveillance Regulation) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The new Market Surveillance Regulation is a part of the “Goods package”, which also contained a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another member state, adopted in March 2019

Saudi Arabia Starts Mandatory Registration on SABER Platform

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) announced the beginning of mandatory application for registering products on SABER platform from August 1, 2019 for the following regulations: Technical Regulation of Electrical Self-Balancing Boards (Scooter) Technical Regulations for Truck Barriers Technical Regulation for Degradable Plastic Products Technical regulations for batteries and electric cells Technical regulations for paints and varnishes The conformity assessment bodies shall cease to issue the Certificates of Conformity as of August 1, 2019. Any shipment orders that are not issued by SABER are to be discontinued as of August 15, 2019 except for those that have a C

What Does RoHS Compliance Mean for Manufacturers and Importers

RoHS is an abbreviation for “Restriction of (the use of certain) Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment” and it is a piece of legislation originally created by the EU to reduce the harmful effects of dangerous substances to people and the environment through restricting the use of specific substances in mentioned equipment. The legislation's primary purpose is to make electronics manufacturing safer at every stage of an electronic device's life cycle. The backdrop to the introduction of RoHS was one of increasing environmental regulations worldwide and increasing concern for human health and safety and ecosystems around the world. Ongoing technological innovation togethe

New Zealand Updates Table of Radio Spectrum Usage

Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) administers the radio spectrum and has recently published a new version of the Table of Radio Spectrum Usage in New Zealand (PIB 21) — Issue 10. It includes a number of minor amendments to Issue 9.1 such as a number of modifications to Management Rights in the VHF and SHF bands. The Table of Radio Spectrum Usage (PIB 21) is based on the International Radio Regulations Article 5, section IV, "Table of Frequency Allocations". This document is intended for the use by persons of all levels of expertise from persons with general interest in radio usage and allocation to professional radio engineers. It is expected to be used as a resource document for developing po

Pakistan Establishes Framework for Test and Development of Future Technologies

On June 26, 2019, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) unveiled the framework for test and development of future technologies (particularly 5G wireless networks) in the country. The framework enables the use of radio spectrum on trial basis for non-commercial purposes to carry out trials for innovative use of radio frequency spectrum, apparatus/equipment, and academic purposes including but not limited to scientific research, radio concepts, and new systems demonstrations. The document contains the terms and conditions that will be complied by an entity/organization, which intends to conduct trials, demonstrate systems and/or services in Pakistan-based on IMT 2020 for the purpose o

EAC Approval for Clothing and Shoes

What do you need to know to put softlines to the EAEU market (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia)? If you would like to put products of the light industry to the EAEU market, it is necessary to pass the conformity assessment procedure against the requirements of the relevant EAEU TRs. In the EAEU, series of the following technical regulations were adopted with regards to safety requirements for softlines: EAEU TR 017/2011 On safety of light industry products EAEU TR 007/2011 On safety of products for kids and teenagers EAEU TR 019/2011 On safety of personal protective equipment All these technical regulations contain general requirements for the conformity assessment procedure,

Softlines Safety Approvals in the EAEU

Softlines and textiles must comply with the EAEU technical regulations before being imported to the EAEU market. Conformity of the product with the requirements of the EAEU TRs is ensured by meeting safety requirements of the Technical Regulations (such as EAEU TR 017/2011 On safety of light industry products and EAEU TR 007/2011 On safety of products for kids and teenagers), directly and/or by applying the requirements of the standards from the list of interrelated standards that are the integral part of each EAEU Technical Regulation. Conformity assessment procedure is based on the implementation of the main requirements indicated in the EAEU TR. As for EAEU TR 017/2011, the following req

Textiles and Clothing Testing and Certification in EAEU

Prior to selling textile and clothing products on the territory of the EAEU, manufacturers and distributors must ensure their conformity with the existing regulations. This helps protect customers from the flow of low-quality and unsafe goods. From the manufacturer’s side, this demonstrates the strength of the brand and increases the revenue of the company. What regulations are applicable to softlines products? The market access process for softlines accessing the Eurasian Economic Union is regulated by EAEU TR 017/2011 "On safety of light industry products". The technical regulation sets the general requirements for light industry products establishing the common level of protection for peo

Ukraine Issues Amendments to RoHS Regulation

On June 26, 2019, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers adopted Resolution № 557 to amend Resolution № 139 “Technical Regulations on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment” (also known as Ukrainian RoHS). The Resolution № 557 entered into force on July 3, 2019. The key points of the new document include: 1. The Resolution excludes pipe organs product group from the scope. 2. The compliance deadline of July 1, 2019 is removed for mercury in electric rotating connectors used in intravascular ultrasound imaging systems capable of high operating frequency (more than 50 MHz). 3. The aim of the Resolution is to bring the requirements of the Ukrainian legislatio

Guide to EAEU TR 037/2016 on the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrotechnical

Starting from March 1, 2018, electrotechnical and radioelectronic products that are imported to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) must meet the requirements of the EAEU Technical Regulation TR 037/2016 on the “Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrotechnical and Radio-electronic Products”. Nowadays, the EAEU consists of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Russia. List of products subject to the EAEU TR 037/2016: Electrical household appliances and devices that are used for the preparation and storage of food and mechanization of kitchen work, as well as other kitchen equipment for washing (washing, ironing, drying, cleaning) linen, clothes, shoes, cleaning a

Compliance to Customs Union Technical Regulations When Exporting to the EAEU

Technical Regulations were established in the EAEU for creating common and binding requirements to products and related processes within the members-states (Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia). The documents ensure the implementation of safety requirements to ​protect human life, health, and the environment. That is why, when the product is accessing the EAEU market, it should comply with the requirements of relevant EAEU technical regulations to prove its safety. Conformity of a product with the requirements of the EAEU TRs is ensured by meeting safety requirements of the Technical Regulations, directly and/or by applying the requirements of the standards from the list of i

Safety Approvals for Consumer Electronics in the EAEU

Consumer electronics products entering the EAEU must meet the requirements of The technical regulation TR CU 004/2011 On the Safety of Low-Voltage Equipment. What is TR CU 004/2011 On the Safety of Low-Voltage Equipment? The EAEU issued this regulation for low-voltage equipment to protect public life, health, and property and prevent misleading actions of users. According to the document, low-voltage equipment must be designed and manufactured in such a way that during its assembly, use, storage, transportation, and maintenance, the product provides: level of protection against direct or indirect effects of electric current absence of an unacceptable risk of high temperatures, arcs or radiat

Interview with CEO: Hazardous Substances in IT Products — Human Health and Environmental Risk

Nowadays, more and more electrical and electronic products become available on the market and a lot of them have short life cycles. That is why it is very crucial that such products are manufactured with minimum risk to human health and the environment. Thus, regulations on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) appeared to limit the amount of six hazardous substances that are commonly used in manufacturing of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). In the EAEU, the RoHS regulations came into force only in 2018 and are going to be mandatory soon. In the light of the coming changes on the use of RoHS in the EAEU, we decided to share the opinion of one of the expe

What You Need to Know When Importing Electrical Products to the EAEU

Electrical products must meet technical requirements of the EAEU to be placed on the market. As we have mentioned earlier, the EAEU technical regulations contain mandatory requirements for safety aspects. The requirements of the EAEU technical regulations can be met through creating the presumption of conformity with TRs by application of relevant standards. Technical Regulations particularly relevant to electrical products are: EAEU TR 004/2011 on the safety of low-voltage equipment EAEU TR 020/2011 on the electromagnetic compatibility of technical means EAEU TR 010/2011 on the safety of machinery and equipment EAEU TR 037/2016 on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and el

RoHS Safety Approval for the EAEU Region

As part of the general conformity assessment process, all the electrical and electronic products entering the EAEU must pass the RoHS compliance procedure. What is RoHS? RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. The Directive specifies maximum levels for 10 restricted substances: Cadmium (Cd): < 100 ppm Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm Mercury (Hg): < 1000 ppm Hexavalent Chromium: (Cr VI) < 1000 ppm Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): < 1000 ppm Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): < 1000 ppm Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): < 1000 ppm Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): < 1000 ppm Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): < 1000 ppm Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): < 1000 ppm The first six applied to the original Ro

Uganda Updates Pre-Export Verification of Conformity

The Ugandan National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) recently published a revised Operational Manual on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC). From June 1, 2019, UNBS implemented the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to standards (PVoC) program for general goods through three contracted Service Providers. The revised Program also contains some important changes, which include the introduction of a new fee structure as well as the establishment of a threshold value whereby shipments having a Free on Board (FOB) value less than or equal to USD 2,000.00 are exempted from the PVoC. PVoC is a conformity assessment procedure based on Article 5 of the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement

China Expands CCC Requirements for Certain Products

On July 9, 2019, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) of China published the “Notice on the Implementation of the Transformation of Management Mode for Explosion-proof Electrical Products, from Production Permission to Compulsory Product Certification”. The key points of the document are: From October 1, 2019, explosion-proof electrical appliances, household gas appliances, and household refrigerators with a calibrated capacity of over 500L will be included in the CCC certification management catalog. Applications for these products production licenses will no longer be accepted. From October 1, 2020, the above-mentioned products will not be allowed to leave the factory, be

Oman Adopts Standard on Energy Labeling and Minimum Energy Performance Requirements for Air Conditio

On May 24, 2018, Oman's Ministry of Commerce and Industry enacted Decision No. 107/2018 on the adoption of Gulf Standard 2530:2016 on Energy Labeling and Minimum Energy Performance Requirements For Air Conditioners as a mandatory Omani Standard. This standard specifies the energy labeling requirements and the Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS) requirements for window single-package, split-system non-ducted air conditioners using air-cooled condensers, split-system ducted air-conditioners using air-cooled condensers, and heat pumps using air-cooled condensers for residential, commercial and industrial sector as applicable in accordance with GSO SASO Standards. It is applied to units d

UAE Issued Federal Law on Product Safety

On 18 December 2018, the UAE Government enacted Federal Law № 10 on product safety in order to increase the quality of products. The Product Safety Law comprises 21 Articles and applies to products that are intended for consumers or reasonably likely to be used by them regardless of whether or not the goods are new, reconditioned or second hand. The Law defines a "product" as any product in final-form that will be used by or made available to consumers in the UAE. The Product Safety Law entered into force on July 1, 2019. Product categories are exempt from the scope: Medicines and veterinary medicines, vaccines, serums, and similar products Antiques Used products that need to be repaired, re

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