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Product Safety Around the World: How to Comply Your Product Internationally (in progress)

Ferry Vermeulen Law & Legislation

Do you want to sell your products internationally but are you unsure about how to comply your product with national product safety regulation?

It is my true passion to combine my interests in travelling and product safety. That's why I am travelling all around the world to sort out how product safety legislation has been arranged in all countries and for building a trustworthy network of information and partners.

8 years and over 50 countries later, I am still on the road.

By documenting the process, I hope to help companies by taking away barriers and enable them to sell their products to a broad audience.

In this article, I will share my findings.

Product Compliance Belarus

 

EAC mark

 

Belarus

Last time visited: June 2018
Population: 9,5 million (2016)
Language: Russian and Belarusian
Electricity: 220-240 V; 50 Hz; plug type C/F (Schuko)
Testing and certification in Belarus: Bellis
Wikipedia Belarus

Belarus is, together with Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia part of the Eurasian Economic Union.  The product safety procedure is very similar to that of the European Union (CE marking). Product groups that are regulated are, amongst others, machinery, toys, electromagnetic equipment, low voltage equipment, radio equipment, pressure equipment, toys, medical devices, personal protective equipment, food etc. 

The steps to achieve compliance are: 

  1. Identify applicable directive(s)
  2. Identify the applicable requirements of the Directive(s)
  3. Identify an appropriate route to conformity
  4. Assessment of the product's conformity
  5. Compile the technical documentation
  6. Make a Declaration and affix the CE Mark

When you want to sell an existing product on the Belarusian market, you should:

  1. Follow a mandatory accreditation procedure.
  2. Verify that your product and the technical documentation (such as test reports) comply with the requirements. This can be done easily when the testing has been done by an IECEE CB SCHEME participating organization. 
  3. If necessary, conduct/complete the applicable conformity assessment procedure.
  4. Compile the technical file, draw up the Declaration of Conformity and affix the EAC mark.
  5. Register your Declaration of Conformity

Some differences with the EU:

  • The Declaration of Conformity should be registered.
  • Some products, like gas appliances, are regulated differently from the EU. This means that testing should be conducted. 
  • For the testing, a Russian or English user manual is required. An English one should be accompanied by a language declaration, declaring that the final product will have a user manual in Russian.
  • Some products are not part of a certification procedure, but can still be part of a declaration procedure. Always identify what procedure applies to your product.

Other remarks:

  • National differences may exist between the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union.
  • From the 1st of July 2018, the Energy Efficiency Directive came into force.
  • From 2021 Medical Devices will be regulated similarly to the how they are regulated in the European Union.

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CE mark

 

Germany

Last time visited: June 2018
Population: 82,7 million (2016)
Language: German
Electricity: 220-240 V; 50 Hz; plug type C/F (Schuko)
Testing and certification in Germany: TüV
Wikipedia Germany

Germany is part of the European Economic Area (EEA). Product safety within the EEA is arranged by CE marking. CE marking is mandatory for certain product groups sold within the EEA (the 28 member states of the EU plus EFTA countries Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and Turkey and Switzerland. Product groups that are regulated are, amongst others, machinery, toys, electromagnetic equipment, low voltage equipment, radio equipment, pressure equipment, toys, medical devices, personal protective equipment etc. 

The steps to achieve compliance are: 

  1. Identify applicable directive(s)
  2. Identify the applicable requirements of the Directive(s)
  3. Identify an appropriate route to conformity
  4. Assessment of the product's conformity
  5. Compile the technical documentation
  6. Make a Declaration and affix the CE Mark

When you want to sell an existing product on the German market, you should:

  1. Verify that your product and the technical documentation (such as test reports) comply with the requirements. 
  2. If necessary, conduct/complete the applicable conformity assessment procedure.
  3. Compile the technical file, draw up the Declaration of Conformity and affix the EAC mark.

Some differences with the US:

  • Within the EU, standards are voluntary and a way to meet the requirements of the Directives. In the US standards are mandatory. 
  • In the EU, product liability has been defined by the Directive on Liability for Defective Products. The United States has not established common law and has set no product liability regulation. All 50 states have individual standards that define product liability.

Other remarks:

  • In Germany, a TüV testing mark is seen as a trustworthy mark.
  • Als the GS mark (Geprüfte Sicherheit) is a common and voluntary certification mark for technical equipment.
  • Besides CE Directives, there are non-CE Directives such as the REACH, packaging and WEEE Directive. In Germany, WEEE equipment should be registered (for example at EAR) and packaging should be registered via for example Grüner Punkt.

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Egypt

Last time visited: April 2018
Population: 95,69 million (2016)
Language: Modern Standard Arabic
Electricity: 220 V; 50 Hz; plug type C/F (Schuko)
Testing and certification in Egypt: 
Wikipedia Egypt

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The steps to achieve compliance are: 

  1. Identify applicable directive(s)
  2. Identify the applicable requirements of the Directive(s)
  3. Identify an appropriate route to conformity
  4. Assessment of the product's conformity
  5. Compile the technical documentation
  6. Make a Declaration and affix the CE Mark

When you want to sell an existing product on the Egyptian market, you should:

  1. Follow a mandatory accreditation procedure.
  2. Verify that your product and the technical documentation (such as test reports) comply with the requirements. This can be done easily when the testing has been done by an IECEE CB SCHEME participating organization. 
  3. If necessary, conduct/complete the applicable conformity assessment procedure.
  4. Compile the technical file, draw up the Declaration of Conformity and affix the EAC mark.
  5. Register your Declaration of Conformity

Some differences with the EU:

  • The Declaration of Conformity should be registered.
  • Some products, like gas appliances, are regulated differently from the EU. This means that testing should be conducted. 
  • For the testing, a Russian or English user manual is required. An English one should be accompanied by a language declaration, declaring that the final product will have a user manual in Russian.
  • Some products are not part of a certification procedure, but can still be part of a declaration procedure. Always identify what procedure applies to your product.

Other remarks:

  • National differences may exist between the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union.
  • From the 1st of July 2018, the Energy Efficiency Directive came into force.
  • From 2021 Medical Devices will be regulated similarly to the how they are regulated in the European Union.

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Netherlands

Last time visited: June 2018
Population: 17,2 million (2018)
Language: Dutch (English and Papiamento are official languages in the oversea municipalities. West-Frisian is a co-official language in the province of Friesland)
Electricity: 220-240 V; 50 Hz; plug type C/F (Schuko)
Testing and certification in the Netherlands: Certification Experts
Wikipedia Netherlands

The Netherlands is part of the European Economic Area (EEA). Product safety within the EEA is arranged by CE marking. CE marking is mandatory for certain product groups sold within the EEA (the 28 member states of the EU plus EFTA countries Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and Turkey and Switzerland. Product groups that are regulated are, amongst others, machinery, toys, electromagnetic equipment, low voltage equipment, radio equipment, pressure equipment, toys, medical devices, personal protective equipment etc. 

The steps to achieve compliance are: 

  1. Identify applicable directive(s)
  2. Identify the applicable requirements of the Directive(s)
  3. Identify an appropriate route to conformity
  4. Assessment of the product's conformity
  5. Compile the technical documentation
  6. Make a Declaration and affix the CE Mark

When you want to sell an existing product on the German market, you should:

  1. Verify that your product and the technical documentation (such as test reports) comply with the requirements. 
  2. If necessary, conduct/complete the applicable conformity assessment procedure.
  3. Compile the technical file, draw up the Declaration of Conformity and affix the EAC mark.

Some differences with the US:

  • Within the EU, standards are voluntary and a way to meet the requirements of the Directives. In the US standards are mandatory. 
  • In the EU, product liability has been defined by the Directive on Liability for Defective Products. The United States has not established common law and has set no product liability regulation. All 50 states have individual standards that define product liability.

Other remarks:

  • In Germany, a TüV testing mark is seen as a trustworthy mark.
  • Als the GS mark (Geprüfte Sicherheit) is a common and voluntary certification mark for technical equipment.
  • Besides CE Directives, there are non-CE Directives such as the REACH, packaging and WEEE Directive. In Germany, WEEE equipment should be registered (for example at EAR) and packaging should be registered via for example Grüner Punkt.

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