Europe: WTO Draft on REACH Annex XVII NPE Restrictions in textiles
In April 2015, the European Commission (EC) submitted a draft amendment to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to add Entry 46a as a new restriction on nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) in textile articles under Annex XVII to the REACH (Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006).
Europe: Four Phthalates added to RoHS 2 List of Restricted Substances
On 4 June 2015, Directive (EU) 2015/863 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, adding the four phthalates DEHP, DBP, BBP and DIBP to the list of restricted substances in Annex II of the RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU.
Resolution for Technical Regulations on Energy Labelling of Electrical Lamps and Fixtures will be coming into force on 5 December 2015. This Resolution is adopted by the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers and establishes requirements for the energy labelling of electrical lamps and fixtures including high-intensity discharge lamps, LED lamps, incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes.
China: Standard GB 7000.214-2015 Luminaires - Part 2-14 in force on 1 January 2016
Standard GB 7000.214-2015 for Luminaires is approved and will be coming into force on 1 January 2016. This compulsory standard is harmonized to IEC 60598-2-14:2009 establishing particular requirements for luminaires used for indoor or outdoor general applications.
On June 1, 2015, the AUTORIDAD FEDERAL DE TECNOLOGIAS DE LA INFORMACION Y LAS COMUNICACIONES (AFTIC) was formed to execute the duties of the previous National Communications Commission (CNC). AFTIC is the agency responsible for standardisation of communications equipment Argentina.