The new Gulf regulation for electrical products, which will be effective from 1 July this year, allows for CB Test Certificates to be used for market access in the 7 Gulf countries, and provides an alternative to Gulf Type Examination Certificate for a designated Notified Body (as Nemko will also be).

In order to simplify the labelling requirements, the authorities (Department of Electronics & Information Technology) have now arranged for BIS to introduce a Standard Mark as an option.

The national Radio Research Agency in Korea (RRA) has introduced a major change to the Korean EMC standards for electronic equipment. From 1 January this year, RRA no longer accepts test reports based on the Korean test standards KN 13, KN 20 and KN 24.

Nemko has applied to GSO, the standards organization of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council’s), in order to be designated as Notified Body for the Arabic Gulf region, which comprises the 7 GCC member countries, i.e. Saudi Arabia (KSA), Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE)...

The European chemical regulation REACH updated their substances of very high concern (SVHC) list  on 17 December, 2015.

Regional establishment of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) in Africa is considered a major step for this region towards greater access to electric power, safer electric and electronic products, and overall better conditions for economic development.

The 10th Anniversary of the Energy Labeling System of China was earlier this year marked by a seminar in Beijing. Since its implementation in 2005, it is estimated that this Energy Labeling System has contributed to significant energy savings, amounting to nearly 5 billion kWh. 

REACH is the European regulation for registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (since 2007). The aim is to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. According to clauses 7.2 and 33 of the REACH regulation...

In order to ensure good mutual awareness regarding standardization matters in the respective regions, the European standards organizations CENELEC, CEN and ETSI have (with financial support of the European Commission (EC DG ENTR) and EFTA) since several years now had liaison offices in both China and India. The ultimate aim is to avoid undue technical trade barriers, both mutually and globally.

A new Argentina Resolution 508/15 is effective from 27 November, but it is not yet known from when it will be enforced. It does entail certain changes which are important for exporters to Argentina.
For Highly Specialized Equipment (HSE), the exemption from...