Italy Establishes New Legislation on Leather Materials

The Council of Ministers of Italy approved a Decree No 68 on definitions related to leather materials and labelling requirements. The decision on using new terminologies and labels with regards to leather products was made to harmonize the Italian legislation with the EU law provisions. The following definitions were reviewed: Leather (cuoio, pelle) Bonded leather (rigenerato di fibre di cuoio) Full grain leather (cuoio pieno fiore) Coated leather (cuoio rivestito, pelle rivestita) Fur (pelliccia) Please note that a manufacturer or importer is responsible for labeling the material in the right way. The labels must be durable, easily legible, visible, and accessible. However, it is possible n

Vietnam Updates Digital Terrestrial Television Receiver Standard

Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) issued Circular 17/2020/TT-BTTTT on the publication of new technical regulation QCVN 63:2020/BTTTT at the end of August 2020. The regulations QCVN 63:2020/BTTTT applies to digital receivers used in DVB-T2 digital terrestrial television equipment and specifies minimum technical requirements for unencrypted digital terrestrial television receivers (Free To Air - FTA) according to DVB-T2 standard, supporting SDTV and / or HDTV standards in Vietnam that have HS code as below: This regulation is applicable to both standalone receivers (STB) and receivers integrated in a television receiver (iDTV), which supports SDTV and / or HDTV standards

WEBINAR: Main Principles of EAEU Market Access for Children’s Softlines

Overview: Every softlines product accessing the EAEU market has certain requirements to protect consumers from common threats. Moreover, manufacturers of products intended for children have even more strict rules to follow. In addition to general softlines legislation, this clothing and footwear should comply with the corresponding standards. During this webinar we will guide you through the main principles of EAEU market access for children’s softlines and uncover the main challenges you may face along the way. After this session, you will be ready to develop the overall compliance strategy for your products entering the market of the EAEU countries. You will learn: EAEU softlines requireme

Taiwan Issues Range of Technical Specifications for Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

The National Communications Commission (NCC) of Taiwan recently published a range of technical specifications for the telecommunications terminal equipment established in July 2020. These specifications were issued in execution of the Telecommunications Management Act. According to this Act, all telecommunications terminal equipment that connects to the Public switched telecommunications network that are intended for the use or import in Taiwan should meet the compliance of the relevant technical specification and be assessed appropriately before putting on the Taiwan market. The technical specifications are aimed to check: Electrical safety tolerance Electromagnetic compatibility and harmon

Saudi Arabia Prepares New Standard on Electrical and Electronics Engineering

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) issued Technical specifications for the radio, digital and analog broadcasting receiver for AM/FM/T- DAB+ in 2019. This document is intended for the use by all producers, manufacturers, importers, and retailers who want to sell radio receivers and all other products which have built-in radio receivers in Saudi Arabia. It specifies the requirements for automotive radio receivers as well as for other types of radio receivers. The standard is applicable to devices that can receive terrestrially transmitted AM, FM, and T-DAB+ radio services and does not concern receivers intended to receive digital services via alternative delivery p

USA Revised Technical Manual and Test Methods for Textiles

The American Association for Textile Chemists and Colors (AATCC) Research Committee twice a year reviews documents related to standards, test methods, and assessment procedures in textiles. Thus, in January the AATCC issued Technical Manual 2020 and recently published updates in the 2020 AATCC Technical Manual Mid-Year Supplement. In the updated document, the AATCC announced the revision of 10 test methods and 1 monograph. The revised methods and monograph are fixed in the following standards: AATCC TM16.3-2020, Test Method for Colorfastness to Light: Xenon-Arc This test method provides the general principles and procedures for determining the colorfastness to light of textile materials

United Kingdom Updates National Requirements to Usability of Medical Devices

The British Standards Institution (BSI) recently amended BS EN 62366-1:2015 standard — Medical devices. Application of usability engineering to medical devices. The BS EN 62366-1:2015+A1:2020 became effective in August 2020. The document is aimed at helping manufacturers of medical devices and systems to work out the good usability engineering process that is focused on the identification and minimization of the use-associated risks. With this process, the manufacturer will be able to specify, develop, and estimate the usability of a medical device with regards to its safety application. Moreover, the standard connects with the BS EN ISO 14971:2019 - Medical devices. Application of risk mana

India Kicks off Requirements to Telecom Equipment Under MTCTE Phase II

Earlier in June, GMA Consult Group informed our subscribers about the launch of Phase II of the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipments (MTCTE) in India. The following equipment falls under the MTCTE within Phase II: Transmission terminal equipment (SDH Equipment, Multiplexing Equipment) PON family of Broadband Equipment (PON ONT, PON ONU and PON OLT) Feedback Devices It is possible to apply for certification for the products under MTCTE Phase II starting from June 25, 2020, however the binding effect on the Testing and Certification procedure of the device was postponed for a couple of months. Today, we would like to remind you that products under Phase II of the Mandatory

Brazil Amends Technical Requirements for the Conformity Assessment of Restricted Radiation Radio Com

The National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil (ANATEL) issued Act No 4776 on September 1, 2020. This Act amends some provisions stated in Act 14448 on the Technical Requirements for the Conformity Assessment of Restricted Radiation Radiocommunication Equipment dated by December 4, 2017. In general, changes concern the following: The Act No 4776 amends some definitions as well as adds several new ones ANATEL restricts implementation of vehicle-mounted field disturbance sensors operating in 22-29 GHz and 46.7-46.9 GHz. This provision will become effective from January 1, 2022. However, the Agency also gives the explanation in which cases the sale and installation of such sensors are still p

USA Updates Marking Requirements for Products Shipping to the Country

The US President Donald Trump issued The Hong Kong Autonomy Act and Executive Order 13936 that Eliminates Differential Treatment for Hong Kong recently. As it is said in the Executive Order, the changes in relationships between the U.S. and Hong Kong were made because Hong Kong can not maintain a high degree of autonomy from China anymore. As a result, the preferences for Hong Kong were cancelled by these documents. Thus, one of such sanctions towards Hong Kong becomes changing in marking requirements. So starting from July 29, it becomes mandatory to put on the goods produced in Hong Kong and exported to the United States information that the country of origin is China and not Hong Kong. Ho

WEBINAR: Argentina Market Access 
for R&TTE Products

Overview: Argentina is the third largest player in the economy of Latin America. It is a resource-rich country with enormous potential for further development and a growing appetite for consumer products. That is the reason why companies consider importing their R&TTE products to the market. However, importers and distributors need to ensure that their products fulfill all the local requirements and follow all regulations precisely. This webinar will help you identify the main market opportunities and challenges and find the most suitable solution to fast and easy market access for your radio electronic devices. After the webinar, you will understand complex regulatory requirements and be ab

Brazil Updates Requirements to Toys

The National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) issued amendments to the Ordinance Inmetro nº 563, of December 29, 2016, which approves the Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment Requirements for Toys. The new amendments are implemented through the INMETRO Ordinance No. 217 of June 18, 2020. They affect to the following articles: Thus, for the national manufacturers and importers these amendments become effective starting from January 1, 2022. For foreign manufacturers and importers this Ordinance becomes mandatory from January 1, 2023. However, companies that are engaged in the distribution and trading activities must put toys on the national ma

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