“Appropriate Versions” of the UNECE Regulations for the ASEAN MRA: An Update of Technical Harmonization in Vehicle Certification and Technical Regulations in ASEAN


In Volume 42, NFJ reported the issues taken up by the ASEAN Automotive Federation Technical Committee 3 (AAF/TC3) and JAMA on drafting the ASEAN MRA during their industry meeting last November. This volume will follow-up on the debate by sharing some insights that were deliberated during the 14th AAF/TC3-JAMA meeting held in Singapore, from 22-23 March 2011.
 
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The meeting followed up on the discussion on the appropriate version of UNECE regulations to be adapted by ASEAN MRA when the latest version of a particular regulation is not appropriate for ASEAN climate or market. JAMA experts have raised several other important pointers with regards to the smooth implementation of ASEAN MRA during the Singapore meeting, apart from the ‘three options’ that were mentioned in their previous meeting. (For details of the ‘three options’, see: http://www.jama-english.jp/asia/news/2011/vol42/article1.html)

According to a JAMA expert, as the technical regulations to be used in ASEAN MRA is based on UNECE regulations, acceptance of the internationally recognized ECE Certificates in full, which are only available in their latest versions, is crucial to prevent any unnecessary Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). At the same time, test reports from a third parties or automakers should be accepted as well.

JAMA experts also point out that there is one exceptional case whereby test reports based on an older version of ECE regulations are still possible to obtain. This is when the versions of such regulations are updated largely by its limit values only. Examples of such regulations can be drawn from vehicle emission regulation ECE R83 and noise regulation ECE R51.

Members of AAF/TC3 deliberated on the above pointers and decided to propose it at the ACCSQ-APWG (ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality-Automotive Products Working Group) Meeting in April this year. Till the submission of this article however, decisions on the appropriate versions of the identified UNECE regulations for ASEAN MRA are yet to be concluded. According to the AAF/TC3, there will be an APWG Task Force Special Meeting in this July to be held in Jakarta for further deliberation on this matter.
 

 
    
 


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