September saw the convening of two regional auto-industry forums on the technical harmonization of regulations and certification, in which one focused on the ASEAN region and the other on Asia as a whole. The former is the 21st AAF/TC3 (ASEAN Automotive Federation Technical Committee 3)-JAMA Meeting and the latter is the 19th Asia Regulation and Certification Experts (RACE) Meeting. This article gives a quick update on some of the important outcomes of these two meetings.

The 21st AAF/TC3-JAMA Meeting
 
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The 21st AAF/TC3-JAMA Meeting was held for the first time in Sapporo, Japan, from 3-4 September 2014. Dialogue sessions between AAF/TC3 and JAMA on Environment and Fuel (WG 1), Certification (WG2), UN-R Adoption and Safety (WG3), ASEAN Mutural Recognition Arrangement (MRA) and safety policies were conducted in the meeting that took place over two days. Some of the crucial recommendations to further promote technical harmonization in the ASEAN region from the dialogue sessions were endorsed by the participants of the meeting.

On Environment and Fuel (WG1), AAF/TC3 participants agreed to continue its recommendation of AAF/TC3’s revised bio-fuel specifications for Euro 4, Euro 5 fuels and CNG specifications endorsed by the concerned authorities of their respective countries. There was also the recommendation that Indonesia should complete its implementation of Euro 4 fuels standards on non-subsidized fuels before the introduction of Euro 4 emission regulations.

With regards Certification (WG2), it was recommended that each ASEAN country align its Vehicle Type Approval system with the 1958 Agreement Type Approval system which is based on system and parts, and gradually align with the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) system in future.

On the ASEAN MRA, the participants discussed the main principles of the MRA and agreed that its product scope has to be clarified. It was also noted that issues of unique requirements remaining in some ASEAN countries that have deviated from the list of UN-R of the MRA have to be resolved to facilitate the MRA. AAF/TC3 agreed to seek clarification with the ACCSQ-APWG (ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality-Automotive Products Working Group) on product scope, and to put up the recommendations to the APWG to smoothen the implementation of the MRA.

Lastly, during the WG session on Safety Policy, JAMA experts introduced a project initiated by the Japanese government to support the establishment of safety policies in the ASEAN region. The project that has been consigned to the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) and supported by JAMA was first introduced in the 15th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC) in August 2014. The proposal received immediate endorsement by the government representatives from ASEAN countries, and was similarly welcomed by industry representatives from the AAF upon introduction.

The next AAF/TC3-JAMA Meeting is expected to be held in Indonesia next year, in the month of February.
The 19th Asia Regulation and Certification Experts (RACE) Meeting
Held in Danang, Vietnam on 30th September 2014, back-to-back with the JASIC (Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Center) Asia Government and Industry Forum that was held from 1-3 October 2014, the RACE Meeting saw an attendance of industry representatives across Asia. The following recommendations, among others, were consolidated and presented to respective authorities in Asia by its host Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA) during the JASIC G/I Forum that was attended by authorities from ASEAN Member States, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and the European Union.

In order for Asia’s automotive industry members to prepare itself for the enforcement of new regulations by regulatory authorities, the participants recommended that the decision-making process of enforcing new regulations be made transparent. A roadmap and the objectives of implementing new regulations have to be made clear. In order to achieve this, the participants also recommended authorities to share their concerns on regulatory issues and conduct a more in-depth study on the effectiveness of new regulations together with the industry.

On the lead time needed prior to the enforcement of new regulations, the participants recommended that – as a general guideline – government authorities should provide a lead time of two years for new models, plus another two years for existing models. Some regulations such as Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulation, crash safety regulations and others may require longer lead time, which can only be confirmed after final consultation with the industries involved.

The next RACE meeting is expected to be held in Malaysia around November or December in 2015.

 

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