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.
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.