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Taiwan Implements Requirements for RoHS in Electronic Equipment

Taiwan has recently implemented requirements for RoHS (Restrictions of Hazardous Substances) in electronic equipment. These requirements are aligned with the European RoHS directive excluding phthalates.

The new requirements will be enforced for some electrical products beginning July 1, 2017 as part of the mandatory assessment scheme by the authority BSMI. There is a proposal to add 92 more categories of electrical products by Jan 1, 2018.

Products will be assessed to CNS 15663 in addition to the Safety and EMC mandatory conformity assessments. There is a marking change and a requirement of a table to be available with the product.

For more information on the product types that are in scope for phase 1, refer to the following documents: http://www.bsmi.gov.tw/wSite/public/Data/f1436161147146.pdf

Contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com if you need more information or assistance.

Singapore IDA changed to IMDA

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Singapore authority IDA has changed their name to IMDA (Info-communications Media Development Authority) and the labeling requirements have been updated to reflect the change accordingly. The transactional arrangement highlights are:

  • All dealer’s licenses and equipment registrations previously issued by IDA before October 1st 2016 will remain in force and will be deemed to be issued by IMDA. All conditions in the respective dealer’s license and equipment registration will remain the same (under Section 91(1) of the Info-communications Media Development Authority Act 2016 in force on Oct 1st, 2016).
  • Equipment registered or renewed before Oct 1, 2016 can remain the same IDA labeling on the existing stock if the labels are affixed before this date.
  • For the devices registered or renewed after Oct 1, 2016 shall bear the IMDA compliance label no later than September 30, 2017.

For further details, please refer to this document published by IMDA

Contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com if you need more information or assistance.

India BIS Exemption Clarifications

Bureau_of_Indian_Standards_Logo.svgWe have received questions about the clarification for BIS HSE Exemption from manufacturers and it is confirmed that the equipment is exempted from BIS registrations if less than 100 units are shipped into India per year and one of the following conditions met as below (a, or b, or c, or d). Though, the regulations do not clearly specify “and one of the following conditions”, this understanding has been confirmed with India labs, agents and authorities multiple times.

Highly Specialized Equipment (HSE) as per the criteria given below shall stand exempted from the application of said Order provided they are manufactured/ imported in less than 100 units per model per year-

  1. Equipment  Powered by Three phase power supply or
  2. Equipment  Powered by Single phase power supply with current rating exceeding 16 Ampere or
  3. Equipment  with dimension exceeding 1.5m x 0.8m or
  4. Equipment  with weight exceeding 80kg

NTS International Approval Staging Services

untitled-1Preparing for in-country testing is very similar to preparing for CE, FCC tests. However, some commonly seen issues such as language barriers, incorrect instructions/faulty samples or customs clearance issues may cause delays for obtaining the approvals.

The international approvals staging session at NTS is designed to mitigate these potential problems. With our experienced team at NTS, we will help to ensure the test instructions are executed correctly and more importantly, that the product is operating according to the relevant country specific standards. Lastly, before shipping out the test sample, we will check the product has the proper documents in order to clear customs.

Please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com for more details on preparing for your in-country test.

This post was written by Luis Cabrera. Luis has 10 years of experience at NTS in the areas of international shipping, testing and international approvals.

New Mexico NOM Test Standard for E1 and E3 Has Been Released

Mexico has issued a new test standard for E1 and E3 interfaces (2048 Kbit/s and 34368 Kbit/s)- NOM-EM-017-SCFI-2016.

Test laboratories must have this standard in their accreditation scope in order to perform testing. IFT is still the responsible authority for homologations of telecommunication equipment.

Contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com if you need more details about this new standard.

International Approvals: EU/CE Compliance Update

shutterstock_201142688A new version of the “Blue Guide” was issued aligning the requirements with the “New Legislative Framework”.

Please note the following two particular aspects extracted from the guide:

  1. The EC DoC (Declaration of Conformity) must be in the official language of the Member State/Country or wherever the products are available in the market.
  2. Obligations of the manufacturers, importers and distributors:
    • The product must be accompanied by instructions and safety information in a language determined by the Member State/Country that can be easily understood by consumers and other end-users.
    • Product must have the manufacturer’s name, registered name or trademark and the address where they can be contacted.
    • Product must have the importer’s name, registered name or trademark and the address where they can be contacted.

Please click here to check the blue guide carefully for more information about these two items above, other details and exemptions.

For any further questions regarding this new development, please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com.

Japan VCCI Marking and Statement Regulation

Japan VCCI is a voluntary EMC approval for IT Equipment only; however it is well known that importers, distributors, retailers and local representatives in country may demand VCCI approval to sell the products.

We have recently found that some manufactures are confused about the marking and statement requirements and therefore prepared the table below for clarification.

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VCCI Mark:

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Class A Statement:

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Class B Statement:

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Note: There are some other statements that are rarely required.

Contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com if you need more details about the VCCI mark (such as sizing, color..etc.), e-labelling regulation, translation of the statements, regulation for small products and other questions.

Saudi Arabia CITC Application Requirement Update

CITC LogoSaudi Arabia CITC has started to implement authentication measures for documents being submitted for Type Approvals. Most notably is the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and the laboratory confirmation letter.

The DoC of a particular model must now include official corporate seal or stamp by the authorized person. Same requirements are applicable for the laboratory confirmation letter. It needs to specify that the test report was issued by the lab and the applicable standards have been met for the model.

If for various reasons the document cannot be sealed or stamped NTS has an alternative, acceptable method of having this document approved. Please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com

Argentina HSE Statement Requirement Update

Argentina has published Resolution 171/2016 in April, 2016 replacing Resolution 508[1] and the HSE (Highly Specialized Equipment) statement is no longer mandatory. However, the manufacturers can still opt to implement the statement or keep it as is if it’s already available on the products.

For any further questions regarding this new development, please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com.

[1] NTS International Approvals Update: Changes to Labeling and Logo Requirements 

 

International Approvals Update: Taiwan BSMI

Recently, Taiwan BSMI has performed inspections in the market on products under BSMI DoC approval scheme. Aside from the BSMI mark with applicant’s code (“D number”) that appears on the product label, the inspectors want to ensure that the applicant’s details are displayed on the marketing package, manual or product, such information needs to be implemented before the product goes to market.

The applicant’s details that must be displayed on the marketing package, manual or product are the company name and address in Traditional Chinese, with phone number (as shown on the BSMI DoC). In addition, importers or distributors must have an authorization letter from the BSMI DoC applicant, in case of BSMI audit. It is optional for importers to add their contact details (name, address and phone) on the package.

Note: The BSMI mark and compliance statement requirements shall remain the same.

For any further questions regarding this new development, please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com.