Mr. Basem Salameh from the head office of GSO (GCC* Standards Organization) in Saudi Arabia will in the first week of June be in Oslo, and at the invitation of NEK (in cooperation with Nemko) will present the new regulation for electrical products to be marketed in the Arabic Gulf region.

In order for Nemko to be better represented in the eastern part of the US, a partnership is now agreed between Nemko Canada (having its Canadian operations in Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec) and Retlif Testing Labs, having operations at various locations in the eastern states of the US, including New York, Washington D.C., New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

The European Low Voltage Directive (LVD), covering most electrical and electronic products for home and office use will be changed 20 April this year. The existing LVD (2006/95/EC) will then be replaced by the new LVD (2014/35/EU) without a transitional period. Likewise, the existing EMC directive will changed into the new EMC directive (2014/30/EU).

For many years, there have been talks between the European Union and the neighbouring countries in the Mediterranean region, the so called “Euro-med countries”, about agreements on trade and harmonizing of legislation with inherent trade barriers.

For the safety certification of electrical products to carry the KC-mark as required for market access in South Korea, some changes have been made in the scope of products covered by the different schemes.

The recently released statistics for 2015 show that a total of 87431 CB Test Certificates (CBTCs) were issued last year, which is an increase of nearly 10% from 2014.

The recent changes in the market access conditions for electrical products in Argentina have been found somewhat unclear by foreign manufacturers and exporters. One point is that S-mark certificate can now apparently be issued only to Argentine companies, while foreign manufacturers can hold voluntary certificate as basis for importer’s certificate, as issued after necessary sample evaluation.

A recent Nordic-African Business Summit in Oslo was attended by some 500 delegates from various businesses in the Nordic and different African countries together with representatives of the embassies of 20 African countries. Addresses were held by various prominent speakers from both regions. 

For electrical and electronic products in Australia and New Zealand, the three previous conformity marks, C-Tick, RCM and A-Tick (for Australia) have been consolidated into a single common mark, which is the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM).


The new European Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU was published on April 16, 2014. It will be made effective in every EU/EEA by 12 June this year, whereby the current R&TTE directive is being withdrawn, but with a one year transitional period, i.e. until 12 June 2017.