UL acquired the Brazilian electrical safety and energy efficiency testing laboratory Testtech in March 2013. As a result, UL is now a full-service appliance testing and certification provider for INMETRO, the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology. For additional information go to GMA page for Brazil.
In an effort to improve the safety of electrical equipment in Malaysia’s growing market, the Energy Commission (EC), Suruhanjaya Tenaga (ST), has added three (3) new categories, and some types of equipment under the existing category required to obtain the Certificate of Approval per Rule 97(1) of the Electricity Regulations 1994.
Starting January 1st 2014, the Jordan Institution for Standards & Metrology (JISM) will establish new requirements for mandatory compliance for a range products. Affected products will need to follow a set of Technical Regulations. The new regulations will represent transpositions of some European Directives.
The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) is updating their regulated products list.
South Korea – Labelling and Component Changes; Effective Date – Products Added to Scope of Electrical Appliances Safety Control Act
On July 1, 2013, the National Radio Research Agency (NRRA) issued Notification No. 2013-5, which notes changes to the Radio Wave Act regulation for Compatibility Evaluation on Telecommunication and Radio Communication equipment relating to EMC/Telecom/Wireless approval.
As announced on the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) website on August 30, 2013, the date of registration for Level 3 equipment (high safety risk) with regard to the Electrical Equipment Safety System was extended from September 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014. This is due to the length of time needed to upload certificate details. Although the registration date for Level 3 products was postponed, the date for the Responsible Supplier registration on the National Database became effective September 1, 2013.
According to the notification of “Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection” (BSMI) meeting on July 26, 2013, it is expected that lithium secondary cells/modules, lithium power banks and battery chargers for cameras, computers and cell phones (3C) will be added to the list of products regulated under the Commodity Inspection Act on March 1, 2014. These products will be required to obtain certification under the Registration of Product Certification (RPC) Scheme before they are sold in the Taiwan market.
The Customs Union Eurasian Economic Commission provided clarification on the requirement for a local representative for regulated products certified under the Customs Union Technical Regulation (CU TR 004/2011) N° 768 “safety of low-voltage equipment” (LV CU TR) and CU TR 020/2011 N° 879 “EMC of technical devices” (EMC CU TR) and the Decision N° 293 from 25 Dec 2012 “On unified forms of products certified under the certificate and declaration of conformity according to Customs Union Technical Regulations and rules of their execution”.
On September 30, 2013 the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) issued notification “Implementation of Electronics and IT Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012″, which extends the compulsory registration date to January 3, 2014 for regulated products already submitted for testing to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) recognized laboratories. The previous extension date was October 3, 2013 based on DeitY Circular No. 3 of 2013 – “Extension in date of coming into effect of the “Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement of Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012″ for Goods under testing with BIS Recognized Labs” issued on August 23, 2013.