As anticipated in the last issue of Nemko News in Brief, the problem with Russian customs not accepting regional EAC certificates issued in the other EAEU member states (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia) has finally been resolved.
According to well informed contacts within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the current political issues between Qatar and neighboring countries in the Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain) plus Egypt, will not affect the current GSO certification/G-marking scheme for electrical equipment and toys.
Based on the Environmental Protection and Management Act Order 2016 (issued by the Ministry for the Environment & Water Resources - MEWR), restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in certain categories of electrical and electronic equipment is implemented in Singapore from 1 June this year.
At the invitation of the GSO management (the regional authority for standards and certification under the GCC, Gulf Cooperation Council) , representatives of the current 24 appointed Notified Bodies for certification of products under the Low Voltage Technical Regulation (BD-142004-01) in the Arabic Gulf region, met in Dubai 10-12 April.
The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has approved guidelines issued by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) about the display of text in 22 Indian languages on certain electronic devices from 1 July this year.
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.