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COVID-19 Regulatory Updates for Product Certification

Up-to-date information on regulatory changes, deviations, exceptions and extensions that may impact access to your target markets

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The regulatory landscape is changing rapidly, and staying on top of market entry requirements is more challenging than ever before. With new information emerging daily, having the most current insights can help you better manage product certifications and approvals in uncertain times.

Visit this page frequently to learn of any recent regulatory authorities affected by COVID-19.  

Updates will be made frequently and as quickly as information can be obtained from regulators. If you have questions on specific projects or countries not listed here, please contact your UL project handler or contact us to reach one of our experts.

The following authorities have made announcements related to COVID-19.

Brazil

ANATEL has extended the exemptional guidance for maintaining certification of telecommunications products due to coronavirus (COVID-19) per previous Letters no. 134/2020, 194/2020 and 646/2020 until Dec. 31, 2021. This allows:

  • Surveillance and/or renewal to be completed with declarations only. Pictures, test reports and other items are not required.
  • This extraordinary exception for maintaining certification applies only for products whose validity certificate of compliance expires between March 6, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021.

India

As of May 10, 2021, the Indian government has announced a two week quarantine period which will affect both Indian test labs and authorities until May 24, 2021. UL in India Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) recognized test laboratories will be operating at approximately 50% capacity for the next two weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates if the quarantine period is extended or if we receive input from other authorities. 

SII

SII team members will be working remotely. Therefore, we expect some project delays. The timeline of this impact remains uncertain.

Taiwan

BSMI has stopped the pre-review in the BSMI branch offices, and all reviews will be conducted at the BSMI main office. The BSMI reviewers in the main office will work in two shifts from May 19 – June 18, 2021. Therefore, we expect delays due to limited reviewer resources. 

UL in Taiwan NCC RCB team members will be working remotely. Because of this, certificates will be issued only on Mondays from May 15 – June 15, 2021.  

Sri Lanka

TRCSL worked with limited staff in the office; therefore, there was a delay in issuing TA certificates. After receiving the type approval number, the importer was permitted to import the product prior to issuances of the certificate. The restrictions were applicable from May 17-May 28, 2021.

Egypt

Due to the difficulty of issuing pre-shipment inspection certificates, importers will have a three-month grace period to adjust to the special conditions of the ministerial decree No. 991/2015, until Aug. 17, 2021.
 

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