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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) have lodged a notification with the World Trade Organisation regarding new regulations on Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC). This notification is about South Africa’s revised conformity assessment procedure for issuing Certificates of Compliance (CoCs) for EMI/EMC to manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic products. It was filed under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.

Electromagnetic interferenceTechnical 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. This aims to ensure that technical regulations, standards, testing, and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade.

The notice, circulated as WTO document G/TBT/N/ZAF/220, aims to ensure that the revised conformity assessment procedure for the issue of CoCs to domestic manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic products do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade. CoC issuances ensure the limits of radiated and electromagnetic disturbances emanating from electrical and non-telecommunications electronic equipment and products comply with Icasa’s regulated standards.

“The introduction of the conformity assessment procedure is to give effect to existing EMI/EMC regulations, which call for conformity assessment of products to protect the integrity of public networks and the consumer, to avoid harmful interference; ensure and validate that electronic and electrical equipment entering the South African market meets the required EMC performance standards as per Icasa regulations; and to ensure traceability of actual testing samples and address changes to critical components in electrical and electronic products,” the document states.

Interested parties have 60 days from the date of publication to make written representations through their nearest World Trade Organisation Technical Barriers to Trade Enquiry Points.

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