October 11, 2018
Understanding the potential impact of a new IEC 60335-2-6 amendment
By: Pesconi Paola, Gulf Conformity Marking Program Expert
To access markets in GCC Standardization Organization ( GSO) member states, a valid Gulf Type Examination certificate is mandatory for electrical household cooking appliances (ovens, microwaves, hobs, and cookers).
As the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) continues their activity to unify and harmonize regulations throughout the GCC countries, member states are continuing to implement regular surveillance at customs and in the market. To meet regulation requirements, it is important to keep certificates active and valid by regularly checking registration on the GSO certificate tracking system (on-line registration system), updating as needed if changes occur and checking if current standards editions are still acceptable.
Gulf Type Examination certificates are usually based on CB Test Reports and Certificates, since GSO standards are harmonized with the latest editions of IEC standards (with a 2 year transition period). This means the publication of a new IEC standard edition or amendment has an impact on certificates already issued for market access to GSO countries.
Cooking appliances were recently affected by the publication of amendment 1 to IEC 60335-2-6 sixth edition on May 2018. Considering the 2 years transition period, certificates issued according to the previous edition are only valid until May 28, 2020. To maintain the possibility of exporting to these countries, manufacturers need to communicate to the Notified Body their intention to update the certificates involved. The Notified Body will evaluate the impact of the new standard on the products to define reviews necessary for the update.
Validity of certificates can be easily checked using the QR code of the Gulf Conformity Tracking System (GCTS). It can be found on each Gulf Type Examination Certificate and on the products.
Sample of Gulf Conformity Tracking Symbol for Products
How UL can help
In addition to the ongoing work of our Global Market Access team, UL is actively participating in a GSO Notified Bodies Cooperation Group for LVE Regulation and can offer expert advice to help determine if your product is in scope. UL Notified Bodies can deliver G-Mark certificates in an effective, reliable way to help eliminate risks during surveillance at customs or in the market.
Learn more about UL’s G-Mark Services here
These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to convey legal or other professional advice.