A quick update on automotive products’ regulations and certification conference in ASEAN & Asia The 31st AAF/TC3 (TC5) (ASEAN Automotive Federation Technical Committee 3 for 4 wheelers & Technical Committee 5 for 2 wheelers) – JAMA Meeting was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 17 to 19 September 2019.

The regular forum provides a venue for dialogue between ASEAN and Japan auto-industry regulatory experts to exchange information and promote the harmonization of technical regulations in the region. The following is a snapshot of the outcomes from the latest forum.

Brief Report on the 31st AAF/TC3 (TC5) – JAMA Meeting, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Environment and Fuel Regulations (WG1)

As requested by the Chair of Automotive Product Working Group (APWG) to ASEAN member states (AMS) and AAF, concerning the emission standard among heavy duty vehicles (HDV), which is major contribution of PM2.5, JAMA shared the information and its position. JAMA highlighted that there is not only vehicle technology, but several other effective measures such as vehicle replacement and proper vehicle maintenance to be recommended. However, it is also important for each country to analyze the situation and select the most appropriate measures in their countries.

The meeting also noted that higher blend of biodiesel (B20 & B30) will be implemented in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia in the near future. With regard to this, WG1 supported the fuel quality specification of Euro 4, 5 and 6 previously recommended by JAMA. AAF will re-submit the specification for the next APWG meeting.

Certification (WG2) & ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA)i

The meeting acknowledged the outcome of the 22nd Task Force for ASEAN MRA and the 29th ACCSQ-APWG meeting. Members were informed that the signing of the ASEAN MRA had been postponed. The new signing scheduled will be in the following year.

While waiting for the signing of the ASEAN MRA, AAF shared their understanding of the implementation of the ASEAN MRA, as well as the preparation for Pre-testing under the ASEAN MRA scheme as follows:
  1. Each country explained their current situation and future implementation plan for ASEAN MRA 19 UN regulations
    - Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand plan to implement all the 19 UN regulations step by step
    - Philippines and Vietnam maintain current mandatory regulations which are in line with UN regulations
    - Malaysia has already adopted all UN regulations
    - Myanmar plans to implement UN regulations in the future

  2. Each country shared their current situation about Technical Services that can conduct testing for 19 UN regulations. The meeting recognized that sharing information of Technical Services is very important for certification planning, and agreed to propose that the government consider using the listed Technical Services accordingly.

  3. The meeting acknowledged the importance of clarification of unique requirements compared to UNR requirements based on Japan’s experiences. Currently, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam have some unique requirements. It was agreed upon to minimize these by using the ASEAN MRA test report.

  4. Each member explained their current situation on homologation procedure and comparing the procedure after the ASEAN MRA is implemented based on current understanding from the industries.

The meeting also discussed the Pre-Test Scenario in order to understand and identify every possible difficulty in actual practice and agreed as follows:
  1. The requirements of ASEAN MRA UN regulation should be treated as an alternative to national requirements.

  2. In order to identify the submitted models to be covered by ASEAN MRA Test Report, “Applicable model information” and “Compliance statement given by ASEAN Technical Service” should be included where necessary.

  3. The meeting agreed to propose Pre-test items for M1 (passenger vehicle no more than eight seats) & N1 (commercial vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes) as follows:
    - R13H Brake
    - R43 Safety Glass Component
    - R83 Emission

UN-R Adoption and Safety (WG3)

The WG3 confirmed new safety regulation movements in the ASEAN region and shared them among the members. JAMA presented an update of the 178th WP29 meeting held on 25 to 28 June 2019 regarding the activities related to (i) International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), (ii) 1998 Agreement, and (iii) Automated Driving.

Members agreed to propose the EV regulations of UN R100 (for four wheelers) and UN R136 (for two wheelers) be included in ASEAN MRA.

Venue and Date of Next AAF/TC3 (TC5) – JAMA Meeting

The 32nd AAF/TC3 (TC5) – JAMA Meeting is expected to be held in Philippines in 2020.
  1. ASEAN is currently working towards the establishment of the ASEAN MRA. This arrangement will initially target mutual ASEAN recognition of 19 UN regulations set forth in the 1958 Agreement.

  2. ACCSQ: ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standard and Quality-Automotive Product Working Group


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