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Gulf Countries Introduce GCC Certification for Safety & EMC of Low Voltage Electrical Equipment

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardization Organization (GSO) has introduced a common Technical Regulation for low voltage electrical products, effective July 1, 2016. This Technical Regulation (BD-142004-01) covers safety and electromagnetic compatibility and will affect seven GCC member states: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Yemen.  It follows a similar existing regulation for... Read More

IEC 60601-1 Edition 3.1 Introduces New Product Safety Requirements for Medical Electrical Equipment

IEC 60601-1 Third Edition Amendment 1 (Ed. 3.1) What you need to know For manufacturers of medical electrical equipment and systems, IEC 60601-1 Edition 3.1 (or IEC 60601-1:2005+AMD1:2012) represents a significant departure from Edition 3.0 of the standard. While the application of risk management principles have been clarified, the amended standard includes new requirements regarding... Read More

External Power Supplies Must Meet Level VI Energy Efficiency Requirements for U.S. DoE by February 2016

By February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy requires that external power supplies are compliant to Level VI energy efficiency requirements. The global regulatory environment for external power supply energy efficiency has rapidly evolved over the past decade since the California Energy Commission (CEC) implemented the first mandatory standard in 2004.  Now, external power supplies... Read More

ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU Replaces 94/9/EC for Explosive Atmosphere Equipment in EU

Due to Europe’s New Legislative Framework, the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC will be replaced by ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU in 2016, for the testing and certification of certain equipment intended for potentially explosive atmospheres in the EU. From the manufacturer perspective, the changes are not significant, as there are no changes to the Essential Health and Safety... Read More