The EAC Certification process for electrical products according to the new Regulation

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In our previous article we observed that starting from 2020 new mandatory regulations will come into force, whose aim is to reach a higher legislative standardization within the Eurasian Economic Union.

Specific product categories are involved in the transition process between the old Federal Laws and the new EAEU regulations, such as the CUTR 043 directive regulating the EAC fire safety certification. While other regulations are still partially under review – like the CUTR 041 for chemical products – the legislation is clearer regarding the EAC certification process for electrical and electronic products. These products will be regulated by the new CUTR 037 regulation starting from 1st March 2020.

Which mandatory technical regulations are applied to electrical equipment

Among the EAC technical regulations, the CUTR 037 regulates the use of hazardous substances with a high environmental impact in electrical and electronic equipment. The CUTR 037, which was introduced in 2003, is a directive strictly related to RAEE, namely the regulation for waste electrical and electronic material. The RAEE was replaced in 2013 by RoHS 2 (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive). a European directive many non-European countries drew inspiration from in order to develop similar directives. RoHS 2 indicates what percentage of hazardous substances can be used in specific electrical and electronical equipment. We are referring to critical substances, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chlorine and other dangerous elements, which can be found in electrical and electronical equipment.

The new 037 Regulation, that will come into force on 1st March 2020, follows the footsteps of RoHS 2, but will be effective for the Eurasian Economic Union. It is applicable to the following product categories:

  • Household electrical equipment
  • Computers and peripherals
  • Telecommunication devices
  • Copying machines and other office devices
  • Electrical tools and equipment
  • Lighting devices including those that belong to furniture
  • Electronic music instruments
  • Games and vending machines
  • ATMs, automatic ticketing machines
  • Cables with a tension lower than 500V, except for fiberoptic cables
  • Automatic switches
  • Fire safety detectors and protection systems

The material regulated by the new 037 refers to household electrical material (small and large equipment), as well as computers and peripherals, office machines and devices. More generally, the list concerns components whose applicability can be easily verified within any business.

In specific, when looking at the industrial field, the CUTR 037 regulates the EAC certification process which is mandatory for components, such as computers and peripherals, lighting devices, cables with voltage lower than 500V, and fire safety alarm systems.

The following equipment is however excluded from the CUTR 037 field of application:

  • Equipment with a voltage greater than 500V
  • Tools used exclusively as components for large infrastructures
  • Electronic toys
  • Photoelectric panels
  • Equipment used in space vehicles
  • Batteries and energy accumulators
  • Second-hand electric tools
  • Measuring Instruments
  • Medical devices
CU TR 037 Field of Application Exclusions
Household electrical equipment Equipment with a voltage greater than 500V
Computers and peripherals Tools used exclusively as components for large infrastructures
Telecommunication devices Electronic toys
Copying machines and other office devices Photoelectric panels
Electrical tools and equipment Equipment used in space vehicles
Lighting devices including those that belong to furniture Batteries and energy accumulators
Electronic music instruments Second-hand electric tools
Games and vending machines Measuring Instruments
ATMs, automatic ticketing machines Medical Devices
Cables with a tension lower than 500V, except for fiberoptic cables
Automatic switches
Fire Safety detectors and protection systems

When and how to apply the CUTR 037 Regulation

As already mentioned, the new CUTR will enter into force on 1st March 2020. Until that date it will be possible to apply other similar directives, such as the RoHS 2. As established by the CUTR 037, from 1st March 2020 it will be no longer possible to distribute electrical or electronic equipment without a mandatory EAC certification within the Eurasian Economic Union for products listed above.

Once it has been verified that an electrical or electronic equipment falls within the scope of the 037 regulation, the certificate will be issued according to the typical EAC certification process. By involving the applicant, the manufacturer is required to send the desired samples to the accredited technical laboratory and fill in the required technical documents (technical passport and technical manuals) to obtain the certificate (or declaration). The certificate can be serial or batch and will be valid for 5 years.

In light of the aforementioned updates, it can be seen that the introduction of a harmonized technical regulation for critical product categories, such as electrical equipment, represents for the EAEU community a step forward to an increased level of standardization.

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