Consumer Products and Retail Newslett

January

January

Investing £1.65million in a 1,800m2 fully automated EMC and RF testing facility

Based at TÜV SÜD’s Hampshire headquarters, the new facility’s three semi-anechoic EMC chambers will be in addition to five existing ones - significantly increasing test capacity.

The three new EMC test chambers will be integrated with TÜV SÜD’s bespoke radiated emissions test software. This will create a fully automated solution that will minimise disturbance of the device under test, so that measurements have a high level of repeatability and accuracy.

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Map of compliance requirements for quick market access

Navigating the maze of compliance for your electrical and electronic products when exporting to the global market can be daunting. In the absence of harmonised standards and requirements, as well as differing national standards across countries, you need to be aware of the regulations for each country/region you want to access.

TÜV SÜD have created this compliance map to help you understand the global market challenges and differing standards across countries.

Download the map here

Packaging design is critical

An area that is often overlooked but can have a big impact on customer experience and ultimately brand protection poses the question; Can you afford not to test your packaging?

As part of the product design & development process rigorous product testing, verification and certification is undertaken. Packaging is often the last thing considered during this process, but it is a crucial element of the verification of the goods the customer will receive. Packaging is critical to product protection and potential consequential damage and losses if your product is insufficiently protected.

When considering the product journey – think road, rail, sea and air. Products may be encased in a box or strapped to a pallet but they are often subject to vibration, shock and all manner of environmental conditions during their transit.

TÜV SÜD can support you in covering your product testing to ensure it is ‘fit for transport’, from basic product protection to mandatory testing that meets industry standard requirements, such as FDA or ISTA approvals, within our certified laboratories.

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Cybersecurity and the Radio Equipment Directive

The expected EU Radio Equipment Directive Cyber Security Commission Delegated Regulation (2022/30) has finally been cited in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 12th January 2022. This supplements Directive 2014/53/EU with regard to the application of the essential requirements referred to in Article 3(3)(d),(e) & (f) (Cybersecurity, Privacy and Protection from Fraud).

The regulation shall enter into force on the 20th day following the publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and will be mandatory from the 1st August 2024.

The Cyber Regulatory Clock is now TICKING!

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New UKCA legislative areas added to our ISO 17065 UKAS scope

To help support our customers with the transition to UKCA marking, TÜV SÜD continues to add additional scope to our UKAS accreditation as an Approved Body.

The latest additions to our expanding scope are:

  • Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (Regulation (EU) 2016/425 as brought into UK law and amended) and the Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018
  • Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016
  • Lifts Regulations 2016
  • Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
  • Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016

If you require these or any other Type Examination services, please contact us. For insights and the latest government updates on the ever evolving subject of UKCA marking, please see our UKCA blog.

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UK Marine Marking – Less than one year to go

It is now less than one year until the end of the Standstill period whereby equipment carrying the EU Mark of Conformity (“wheel mark”) will no longer be accepted on UK ships. From 1st January 2023 new installations of equipment will need to carry the UK Mark of Conformity (“The Red Ensign”).

Whilst some are hopeful of an EU/UK MRA, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) advise that this is “an unlikely scenario, and to urge industry to undertake UK conformity procedures for their products in time ahead of the 1st January 2023 to avoid delays.”

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