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Are Your Clothing, Textile Products, and Toys Ready for Halloween?

Every Halloween millions of people dress up in fancy costumes to trick or treat everybody around them. However, nobody cares about the danger behind these funny and innocent jokes associated with unsafe, low-quality or flammable clothes and other related stuff. As a manufacturer putting your products on the EU market, you should follow the main rules applicable to textiles and toys to avoid this holiday becoming your consumers’ worst nightmare. The main rules applicable to clothing and textiles in the EU The EU textile regulation sets the following definition of textile products: Textile products are any raw, semi-worked, worked, semi-manufactured, manufactured, semi-made-up or made-up produ

Saudi Arabia Sets Mandatory Registration of Textile Products on SABER Platform

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) issued the Technical Regulation for Textile Products (M.A.-164-18-05-02) that will become mandatory on SABER platform in December 2019. This technical regulation establishes the basic requirements for textile products and the conformity assessment procedures that suppliers must comply with to sell the product in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The technical regulation is applicable to all textile products: Products containing at least 80% of textile fibres by weight. (This includes textile components of curtains, furniture, carpets, clothing, technical fabrics, and textiles) Furniture, umbrella and sunshade coverings containing at l

The 83rd IEC General Meeting Overview

The 83nd IEC General Meeting was held on October 21-25, 2019 in Shanghai. Founded in 1906, The IEC is the world's leading organization for the preparation and publication of international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. This year, the event, has brought fruitful outcomes to the future development of standardization and conformity assessment activity of the International Electrotechnical Commission all over the world. Different forums, programs, and events took place within the General Meeting connecting professionals and specialists from a wide range of technical fields. The experts were gathered to discuss how the development of new technologies with secto

Quick Guide to Energy Efficiency Requirements in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

In this article, we will explore the situation with Energy Efficiency technical regulations in the GCC countries. But first, let’s figure out what the GCC means and how standardization activity is organized there. The GCC is the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It consists of six member-states: Bahrain Kuwait Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates The GCC Supreme Council established GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) in order to unify various standardization activities and develop the production and service sectors within the GCC market as well as to protect the consumer, environment, and public health. Interesting

Ukraine Establishes Series of Ecodesign Technical Regulations

In February and March, Ukrainian government issued several resolutions that enact series of technical regulations on ecodesign. These regulations define six-month transition period for implementation of ecodesing requirements with regards to the following types of product: power supplies fans power transformers glandless circulators water pumps vacuum cleaners simple set-top boxes electric motors household refrigerating appliances lighting equipment It should be mentioned that starting from September 2019 manufacturers and importers need to follow the ecodesign requirements if they are going to supply the above-mentioned types of products to the market of Ukraine. In general, ecodesign requi

European Union Amends Two Directives on Safety of Toys

Manufacturers and importers should take into consideration that the Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 18, 2009 on the safety of toys is amended with regard to the limit value for Chromium VI and harmonized standards. The European Commission adopted these amendments and published two relevant documents: The Directive (EU) 2018/725 amends, for the purpose of adaptation to technical and scientific developments, point 13 of part III of Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards Chromium VI that becomes effective from 18th November 2019 The Commission implements Decision (EU) 2019/1728 o

WEBINAR: Complete Guide to Saudi Arabia Market Access for Radio & Telecom Products

Overview: As one of the fastest-growing markets in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia has become a place of interest for Radio and Telecom products manufacturers and importers. However, all the products that access the Saudi Arabian market are subject to certain local requirements and regulations aimed at reducing risks, improving quality of life, and ensuring customer’s safety. This webinar will help you to understand the existing regulations and compliance requirements and address the main challenges of Saudi Arabian market access. After the webinar participants will become familiar with the local procedures applicable in Saudi Arabia enabling faster and easier market access of their manufactur

Saudi Arabia Reminds about 4G Requirements for Telecom and Radio Equipment

The Communications and Information Technology Commission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (CITC) reminds that all telecommunications and radio terminal equipment must comply with the relevant technical specifications established by CITC. All mobile phones, tablets, smart watches and mobile computers must contain CITC E-label. Mobile phones must comply with the Technical Requirements for Mobile Devices to Enable Cell Broadcast Service (CBS) Alert, namely: Mobile devices must be able to receive all alerts The alert message should not support any features related to forwarding, copying or replying to the message The message must support adding a phone number or a URL link The device must support

Ukraine Establishes Ecodesign Requirements for Some Lighting Equipment

The technical regulation on ecodesign requirements for directional lamps, light-emitting diode lamps, and related equipment were approved by the Resolution 264 of the cabinet ministers of Ukraine and became effective from October 4, 2019. The technical regulation is based on Commission Regulation (EU) №1194/2012 December 12, 2012 implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for directional lamps, light emitting diode lampsб and related equipment text with EEA relevance. This Regulation establishes ecodesign requirements for the following electrical lighting products (including those incorporated into other products) ac

The 83rd IEC General Meeting to Be Held in Shanghai, China

The IEC General Meeting is a unique event that is held annually since 1906 . This meeting is a great platform for companies, industries, and governments to discuss issues related to standardisation and conformity assessment field as well as future directions and strategies of the IEC. It combines management and technical meetings featuring representatives from major global organisations. This year, thousands of technical experts and world's leading professionals in the electrotechnical industry will gather at the IEC General Meeting in Shanghai on October 21-25, 2019. The IEC GM 2019 is hosted by the The Chinese National Committee (NC). The General Meeting has a unique format bringing all th

EU Commission Adopts Two Amendments to RoHS Directive

On August 8, 2019, the EU Commission adopted two Pack 14 delegated Directives amending Annex III of Directive EU 2011/65/EU on “the Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment”. The EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (also known as RoHS 2) restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The document entered into force on July 21, 2011 and is applicable in the entire EU. Annexes III and IV to RoHS 2 include the materials and components of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) for specific applications exempted from the substance restrictions of the Derective. Through these two Directives the European Commissio

Mexico Publishes New Standard for Primary Power Units and Batteries

On November 3, 2018 Mexican standard NOM-212-SCFI-2017: “Primary cells and primary batteries - Maximum permissible mercury and cadmium limits - Specifications, test methods and labelling” was published. The document came into force on September 28, 2019. This mandatory Official Mexican Standard establishes and defines: characteristics of various types of batteries classification by the electrochemical system technology maximum permissible limits of Mercury (0.0005% by weight) and Cadmium (0.0020% by weight) labeling on packaging and/or on batteries test methods sampling conformity assessment procedure certification process This Mexican Standard is applicable to primary power units and batter

Singapore Market Access for Electrical and R&TT Products

Telecom approval Telecommunication and radiocommunication equipment to be sold in Singapore is subject to equipment registration with the Infocommunications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). Prior to registering the equipment with IMDA, the equipment must comply with the relevant IMDA Standards/Technical Specifications. Equipment registration is a process when telecom equipment is documented with the IMDA based on the submission of the Supplier's Declaration of Conformity (SDoC). The SDoC signifies that the supplier has carried out conformity assessment according to IMDA's Standards. The declaration should be based on a certification or tests of the equipment by a local or for

Paraguay Implements Requirements for Importing of Mobile Phones and Mobile Phone Equipment

On April 10, 2017, the Paraguayan Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) approved Resolution № 410 — “Procedure for the registration of importers, automatic and non-automatic prior licence, and Compulsory Certification of mobile phones, parts of mobile phone equipment and non-integrated motherboards”. It implements the requirements for importing of the above-mentioned devices. Importers have to comply with the provisions of this Resolution from September 21, 2019, obtain the mandatory homologation certification granted by the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) of Paraguay, and register IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) provided to the importer by the manufacturers

Germany Updates Energy Efficiency Labeling Requirements for Some Energy-Related Products

On December 10, 2015, the German Parliament adopted a law amending the Federal Energy Labelling Act 2002 in an effort to promote the replacement of old heaters with new more energy-efficient models. The law also aims to implement European Delegated Regulations (EU) No 811/2013, 812/2013 and 518/2014 on the energy labelling of space heaters, combination heaters and packages of combination heaters, temperature controls and solar devices. From September 26, 2019, the following revised energy efficiency label must be affixed on the products: The Energy Label is limited to seven energy efficiency classes. If warranted by technological progress, three additional classes (A+, A++, A+++) can be adde

Thailand Market Access for Electrical and R&TT Products

In order to be able to export electrical and R&TT products to Thailand, appropriate approval such as Telecom, Safety, and Energy Efficiency are necessary. All electrical and electronic products are subject to mandatory Thai Industrial Standards (TIS). Some products require more than one approval. Telecom approval The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NTC or NBTC) is an independent state telecommunications regulator in Thailand. Its duties and responsibilities are to regulate all telecommunication services in the country through formulating a Master Plan on Telecommunications Activities, permitting and regulating the use of spectrum for telecommunication services, and g

Results of Inspections of Accredited Certification Bodies, Laboratories, and Organizations in Russia

The Russian Accreditation Authority (Federal Service for Accreditation—RusAccreditation) inspected the activities of Russian certification bodies, organizations, and testing laboratories for possible violations. For the last two months, July and August 2019, RusAccreditation conducted 278 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: 21 accreditation authorities received temporary injunctions in order to fix violations 16 accreditation authorities were suspended (including

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