Global Market Access Update (Feb 2016)

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Global Market Access Update (Feb 2016)

UL’s Global Market Access (GMA) services give you the ability to achieve and maintain product compliance, increase speed to market in a cost-effective way. Manufacturers can choose any combination of our services to fit specific needs or have UL deliver a turnkey solution in which we handle the entire process and deliver the desired certifications, marks and regulatory approvals.  UL will support you and help to launch your products successfully.

This month’s highlights:

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Thailand
  • Brazil
  • Russia
  • Germany
  • South Africa
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan

Below please find the current Global Market Access Update for your information. Please note that it represents a general overview and those regulatory requirements may change from time to time. For the latest information, please contact each Mark Owner or UL GMA Team:

Taiwan – [email protected]

China & Hong Kong – [email protected]

Other regions – [email protected]

Related Services and Industries

Argentina
Argentine AFTIC has changed its name to ENACOM (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones).

While currently the certification application process has not changed, a certification officer is yet to be appointed and thus the time required to obtain a certificate will be affected.

UL will continue to monitor the schedule via various channels, with a hope to minimize impacts on customers.

Solution: UL can provide Argentine ENACOM related services. Should you require such services, please contact a UL representative. Lately, Argentina released a new resolution 508/2015 which came into force on November 23, 2015. This resolution replaces the incumbent 92/98 resolution. The change will not affect the range of products in the resolution and the terms for their respective exemptions.

The new resolution will affect the certification process chiefly in the following ways:

The S-Mark certificate holder can only be a local legal entities established in Argentina.

The new certification process requires compliance with the requirements for a complete type test. The existing testing model of reduced test items “will” no longer be accepted.

The standards for issuance of a S-Mark certificate must correspond with the Argentine stipulated IRAM standards. Only in the case of no applicable IRAM standards, relevant IEC standards (such as IEC 60950-1, IEC 60065, IEC 60335-1, IEC60601, etc.) can be applied. In addition, the certificate holder must be a local importer/representative/applicant.

Furthermore, the Argentine Government has imposed more stringent requirements for and implementation of market monitoring measures and random sample tests which include larger sample size for each random test.

Note: Certificates issued prior to November 23, 2015 will not be cancelled. If the certificate holders are local Argentine importers, importing products into Argentina will not be affected.

Solution: UL can provide services with regard to the mandatory AR S-Mark (certificate holder must be local Argentine companies) based on the needs of the customer and the voluntary UL-AR Mark (holders of which can be overseas manufacturers or factories). Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

Chile
The Chilean regulator SUBTEL has announced that it will no longer accept declarations as a means to deal with variances in test reports with regard to bandwidth and output rating.

SUBTEL accepts FCC test reports for application of Chilean certification. However, there are differences between the certification requirements of the two countries (such as output rating of WiFi products, etc.). Previously SUBTEL accepted applicants dealing with such differences by way of declaration.

With immediate effect, such declarations are no longer accepted by SUBTEL. All test reports submitted must comply fully with Resolución 755.

Solution: It is recommended that the applicant should contact a testing laboratory and asked the laboratory to separately issue a test report in compliance with Resolución 755. UL can provide SUBTEL related services. Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

Papua New Guinea
In December 2015, Papua New Guinea regulator NICTA announced the new requirements for product certification which fall into two categories:

A. Basic Approval Scheme (BAPS)

B. Equipment Registration Scheme (ERS)

Please click the following link for detailed official information: http://www.nicta.gov.pg/public-register/type-approvals?task=download&id=215

Solution: UL has established channels to help customers promptly acquire the relevant Papua New Guinea NICTA certification. Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

Thailand
Thai Customs announced the implementation of a National Single Window system to scrutinize certification compliance of imported products. The computer system of the Customs Department will be linked with certification bodies (such as NBTC, TISI) to confirm whether the product in the application is compliant.

Solution: UL can help customers acquire NBTC, TISI and other relevant certifications. Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

Brazil
Brazil-Anatel has introduced new certification requirements for wireless modules:

It is strongly recommended that Anatel ID (Homologation no.) should be displayed on the body of the Module.

It is no longer mandatory that at least a photo of an encased product must be available on Anatel website for public inquiries. All product photos can now be classified as confidential.

A product label and the display of Anatel ID (Homologation no.) on Anatel website are required for public inquiries.

Solution: UL can help customers acquire the Brazil Anatel, Inmetro and other relevant certifications. Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

Russia
New requirements on product softwares by Russia – FAC:

As required by Russia – FAC, from December 16, 2015 onwards, application for a new DoC is required if there is any change to the version of software used by a product.

Solution: UL can help customers apply for the relevant Russian certification. Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

Germany
The new PAH standard (AfPS GS 2014: 01 PAK) and new safety standards (EN 60950-1: 2013 2006 + A11: 2009 + A1: 2010 + A12: 2011 + A2) took effect on July 1, 2015 and July 2, 2015 respectively.   Existing certificates are required to be re-assessed to PAH standard (grace period till July 1, 2016) and the new product safety standards (grace period till July 2, 2016). Should there be a failure to update the existing GS certificate to the new PAH standard (AfPS GS 2014: 01 PAK) and product safety standards (EN 60950-1: 2006 + A11: 2009 + A1: 2010 + A12: 2011 + A2: 2013) by the deadline, the existing certificate will be automatically deemed invalid.

Solution: UL can re-assess the old ZEK 01.4-08 report and confirm if the product is compliant with the new AfPS GS 2014: 01 PAK requirements so that the original certificate will remain valid. In addition, we also provide a service to upgrade the existing safety report to the new standards. Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

 South Africa
The South Africa Department of Trade and Industry announced on August 13, 2015 the changes in the effective dates for “Compulsory Specification For Energy Efficiency and Labeling Of Electrical and Electronic Apparatus (No 944)”. Changes are as follows:

Phase 1:

– The effective date for AV equipment (including: TV, screen, video recorders, digital set-top boxes (SSTBs), audio equipment and multi-function home AV products) was May 28, 2015 (no change).

– If the above mentioned products are already available in the market and comply with NRCS safety requirements, then the effective date was November 28, 2015 (new energy efficiency certificate must be acquired before this date).

Phase 2:

– The effective date for electric stove, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, dryer, washer/dryer combo, cleaning machine, etc, has been changed from August 28, 2015 to February 26, 2016.

– If the above mentioned products are already available in the market and comply with NRCS safety requirements, then the effective date is changed from November 28, 2015 to May 26, 2016.

Phase 3:

– The effective date for air conditioner and heat pump water heater has been changed from May 28, 2016 to November 28, 2016.

Solution: At present, UL can provide test reports on the performance of AV products and help customers acquire the relevant ICASA, NRCS and SABS certifications. Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

 Taiwan
In order to encourage the industry to reduce and control the use of restricted substances in electrical and electronic equipment, and to raise consumer awareness of the effective use of resources and reducing burden on the environment, BSMI is beginning to require manufacturers or importers of products such as automatic data processing machines, printers, photocopying machines, televisions, monitors, displays, multimedia players, projectors, etc, to comply with Section 5 “Marking of presence” of CNS 15663 and clearly mark “the presence conditions of the restricted substance” on the body, packages, stickers, or the instruction books of the products.

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive will be mandatory from July 1, 2017 onwards for manufacturers producing or importing automatic data processing machines, printers, photocopying machines, televisions, monitors, displays, multimedia players, projectors, etc.

From now until July 1, 2017 during the interim period, manufacturers may choose to use the old system (no RoHS) or the new system (with RoHS) to apply for BSMI certificates.

If you opt for the old system (no RoHS) to apply for a new certificate, the validity period of the certificate will be shorter than the usual three years validity and will only be valid till June 30, 2017.

If you opt for the new system (with RoHS), the usual three years validity applies to the new certificate.

Solution: UL can help customers acquire RoHS test reports, and apply for a certificate under the new system. Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

Singapore
From January 1, 2016 onwards, mobile power banks imported into Singapore must comply with the product safety and instructions for use requirements of the Consumer Protection (Trade Descriptions and Safety Requirements) Act.

Safety requirements: Mobile power banks must comply with the following safety standards

1. IEC 62133: 2012 plus IEC 60950-1: 2005 + A1: 2009 + A2: 2013; or

2. Any other standards applicable to mobile power banks (for example: UL2056, power bank certification standard)

Instructions for use requirements: The following safety messages must be provided for mobile power banks

1. As a minimum, the following instructions for use must be provided

A.   The power bank will generate heat when charging. Always charge in a well ventilated area. Do not charge under pillows, blankets or on flammable surfaces.

2. Instructions on how to charge the portable power bank

3. Information on the minimum and maximum operating temperatures of the portable power bank

Please refer to the official website for further information: https://cpsa.spring.gov.sg/totalagility/forms/custom/publicsite/Cir2015-01.pdf

Solution: UL possesses full battery testing capabilities, providing our customers with a one-stop shop service covering IEC62133 / IEC60950-1 / IEC62368 and UL2056 / UL2054 / UL62133 / UL60950-1 / UL62368 and inter country certificate transfers. Please contact a UL representative to discuss your needs.

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