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). 

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.

The European Radio Equipment Directive (RED-2014/53/EU) will be enforced from 13 June this year and then replaces the current Radio & Tele-communication Terminal  directive (R&TTE-1999/5/EC) regarding regulations in the EU/EEA member countries for products using the radio frequency spectrum.

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).

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.