As also mentioned in the April 2016 issue of Nemko News in Brief, the Taiwan authorities BSMI (Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection within the Ministry of Economic Affairs) has announced introduction of requirements regarding the reduction of hazardous substances in electrical equipment, starting from 2017.                        

A Resolution of the Council of Ministers of Republic of Belarus No.: 849 announces additional requirements for electrical and electronic products to be marketed in Belarus from 2017.

The Eurasian Economic Commission, which is the permanent regulatory body of the Eurasian Economic Union-EAEU (i.e. currently Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) has announced a Decision 154 of 15.11.2016 regarding the contents of EAC certificates and declarations.

China has just published revised State Radio Administration Rules. From 1 December, 2016, Low Power Short Range radio devices no longer require approval by SRRC (State Radio Regulation Commission) for marketing in China.

The China Quality Certification Center (CQC) recently announced that a new (2015) edition of the national standard for lighting equipment GB7000.1-(Luminaires-Part 1: General requirements and tests) has been published and will be effective from 1 January 2017. 

The new international ‘hazard based’ standard IEC 62368 -1 (2ndedition), which is a common safety standard for electronic products, is now increasingly taken into use worldwide instead of the traditional IEC 60950 for IT equipment and IEC60065 for audio/video equipment.

In Thailand are mains operated home electronics (audio/video equipment), electrical household appliances, electrical toys and skin treatment equipment currently subject to mandatory certification and labelling by TISI (Thai Industrial Standards Institute).

On 10-14 October, the 80th annual IEC General Meeting took place in Frankfurt, hosted by the German IEC National Committee c/o DKE (German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technology of DIN and VDE). This big event, was attended by nearly 3500 people representing industry and relevant bodies in the 84 IEC member countries and 85 affiliate member countries.

A few updates about China; China-US-EU trilateral summit on consumer product safety, China taking the lead in setting international IoT standards, EU-China cooperation on the economic challenges of cybersecurity and China advocates a unified 5G standard.

Manufacturers and exporters of portable electrical/electronic equipment to India have expressed uncertainty whether associated batteries are subject to the mandatory registration by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) for marketing in India.