A final draft of the “Product Safety and Market Surveillance Law” for the Gulf region is presently out for hearing, both in the countries concerned and worldwide through the WTO Notification System (Notification no.16-4442 from the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade).
The South African National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) is responsible for issuing Letters of Authority (LoA) that allow products, including electrical and electronic equipment, to be imported and sold in South Africa. Issuing of the LoAs, which has usually taken as much as 120 working days, has lately become even more delayed and constitutes a major bottleneck for import and marketing of many types of products, thus causing frustration for exporters and businesses.
There has appeared to be some uncertainty amongst manufacturers and exporters of IT servers and storage units to which extent the associated power supplies are subject to the mandatory registration by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) for marketing in India, i.e. under the Order 2012 of 7 September 2012 – ‘Requirements for Compulsory Registration’
The standard, which is scheduled to be published in October, is denoted IEC 63000 Ed.1.0 ‘Technical documentation for the assessment of electrical and electronic products with respect to the restriction of hazardous substances’. It is identical to the European standard EN 50581:2012.
The EU Commission has recently published two amendments to the European RoHS Directive (for Restriction of Hazardous Substances) which approve the following new exemptions to the Directive’s Article 4.
APEC, (the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) which counts 21 countries/economies, incl. Australia, China, Russia and USA, has currently a pilot project in process concerning testing and attesting the energy efficiency of personal computers according to the international standard IEC 62623 Desktop and notebook computers-Measurement of energy consumption.
Statistics show that, in addition to China, Japan, and Korea which remain the top priorities in Asia, India (with 1.3 bill people), Indonesia (255 mill) and Malaysia (30 mill) are increasingly important emerging markets for manufacturers and international exporters of e.g. wireless technology products, such as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification products in the 800/900MHz range).
Vår Visepresident for Miljø, Jon Ivar Tidemann, ble nylig intervjuet av Elektronikkbransjen om det nye lavspenningsdirektivet. En av konsekvensene med det nye direktivet er at mye av produsentenes ansvar blir overført til importørene.