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Regulatory Changes Requiring New Documentation

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As always, the world of regulatory compliance for IT equipment evolves and expands, and changes are on our doorstep, with further changes being right around the corner.

EU Declaration of Conformity – EMC standard EN 55032:2012 mandatory as of March 5, 2017

In less than one month, EMC standard EN 55022:2010 expires, and EN 55032:2012 must be reflected on EU Declarations of Conformity. 

Two items of note regarding this change:

  • EN 55032:2012 v. EN 55032:2015

Although EN 55032:2015 has been published, it has not yet been adopted by the European Commission under EMC Directive 2014/30/EU.  Until the 2015 version is adopted under the EMC Directive, EN 55032:2012 is the standard that must be on the CE Declaration.  Recommendations have been made to have products tested to both versions, so both versions of the standard can be cited on the product CE Declaration.  For a complete list of EMC standards currently adopted under Directive 2014/30/EU, please visit https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/european-standards/harmonised-standards/electromagnetic-compatibility_en.

  • EN 55032 v. EN 55011

Certain types of equipment are in scope of both EN 55022/55032 (Information Technology Equipment) and EN 55011 (Industrial, scientific and medical equipment), which is still in force.  If your equipment falls into this category, please note that EN 55011 cannot be accepted in lieu of EN 55032, since the CE Declaration must include all standards relevant to the product.

REACH – Four Additions to Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) List

Four new chemicals have been added to the REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list, bringing the total number of substances on the list to 173. 

Around the corner …

  • Taiwan RoHS enters into force in 2017, with mandatory enforcement dates ranging from May to November. Please check with your test lab for product-specific dates.
  • Singapore RoHS also enters into force, in June 2017. Please check with your test lab regarding specific requirements for your products.