According to well informed contacts within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the current political issues between Qatar and neighboring countries in the Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain) plus Egypt, will not affect the current GSO certification/G-marking scheme for electrical equipment and toys.

Based on the Environmental Protection and Management Act Order 2016 (issued by the Ministry for the Environment & Water Resources - MEWR), restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in certain categories of electrical and electronic equipment is implemented in Singapore from 1 June this year.

Apparently from 1 July this year, Kenya will start to enforce their energy efficiency testing/certification scheme for certain electrical equipment.

On 17-18 May, the annual IECEE Certification Management Committee (CMC) meeting took place in Yokohama, Japan.

At the invitation of the GSO management (the regional authority for standards and certification under the GCC, Gulf Cooperation Council) , representatives of the current 24 appointed Notified Bodies  for certification of products under the Low Voltage Technical Regulation (BD-142004-01) in the Arabic Gulf region, met in Dubai 10-12 April.
 

The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has approved guidelines issued by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) about the display of text in 22 Indian languages on certain electronic devices from 1 July this year.

At the end of January, the GSO (Gulf Standards Organization) arranged the first meeting with the present group of 23 Notified Bodies. These Notified Bodies are authorised by GSO to certify the electrical products as currently required by the new regional regulation (BD-142004-01 - Gulf Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances). 

According to regulations in Australia and New Zealand, most types of electrical articles used by or around consumers are subject to mandatory certification prior to sale. 
Such electrical articles are known as ‘declared articles’ and must comply with the relevant Australian/New Zealand standards and carry the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM

In former times, participation in technical standardization committees could be perceived as a national duty or obligation. It was often difficult to mobilize qualified people to take part, and to pay something for the participation was unthinkable. However, the past 10-20 years has shown a gradual shift in this situation, as industry has become more aware of both the importance and opportunity to take part in the in the standardization work.

The implementation date for energy efficiency (EE) certification, which is introduced in accordance with the Resolution of the Belarus Council of Ministers 849 - 21 October 2016, has been postponed from 1 February to 1 September this year for some types of equipment (external power supplies and 3-phase motors) and until 1 July next year for lamps, TVs, household appliances and office equipment.

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