ICASA and the SABS have lodged a notification with the World Trade Organisation regarding new regulations on Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC).
ICASA said the notification is about South Africa’s revised conformity assessment procedure for issuing Certificates of Compliance for EMI/EMC to manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic products. It was filed under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.
“Technical Barriers to Trade are measures adopted by governments establishing product requirements for fulfilment of public policy objectives, such as human health and safety, environmental protection, consumer information, or quality,” said ICASA.
This aims to ensure that technical regulations, standards, testing, and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade.
The notification was circulated as WTO document G/TBT/N/ZAF/220, and ICASA encouraged interested parties to make written representation through their nearest WTO TBT Enquiry Points.