New labeling regulations save energy
(VEN) - In the past, manufacturers, traders and export, import businesses often faced difficulties due to labeling regulations issued in 2012 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. A new directive, which took effect on February 10, is expected to make things far easier.
Businesses must be responsible for the quality of energy-labeled products
The new circular does not require firms to apply for certification of energy efficiency and energy labels of imported appliances and equipment. However, they must be responsible for the quality of energy-labeled products.
The new circular also allows businesses to get each model’s energy efficiency tested just once and then apply the testing results to all domestically-made and imported products of the same model by the same manufacturer, origins and technical specifications. Energy labeling can be conducted by independent testing organizations or laboratories of domestic and foreign manufacturers.
To get their products energy-labeled, domestic businesses just have to meet the stipulations set out in Article 5 of Governmental Decree 107/2016/ND-CP dated July 1, 2016 which prescribes conditions for provision of conformity assessment services.
Regarding the appointment of testing organizations and the recognition of testing results, the new circular stipulates that independent testing organizations and laboratories of foreign manufacturers do not have to seek appointment or recognition from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. To register energy labels for imported goods, businesses just have to submit to the ministry their registration profiles and documents proving the qualifications of these testing organizations and laboratories.
The new circular does not require energy labels for non-commercial imported goods, including spare parts and standby equipment for domestic projects and plants; goods which are temporarily imported for re-export; goods in transit for cross-border transport; goods produced by domestic businesses for export; and goods in the fields of security, national defense and nuclear radiation safety. Regarding energy labels for electronic products, the new circular allows businesses to choose between electronic labels and those made of specific kinds of paper.
Many experts consider the new circular a breakthrough in administrative reform by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. In their opinion, however, inspections should be intensified to ensure businesses abide by the new circular.
Businesses can choose to submit registration profiles for energy labeling directly to the Ministry of Industry and Trade or
send them by post or via the internet.
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