[国際規制情報] 新型コロナウイルス感染症の影響による、各国認証当局、認証機関の動向・情報(2020年5月7日付、英語)

Posted by TUV Rheinland Japan on 2020/05/13 17:13:25
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As of May 7, 2020

Corona pandemic - Information for Customers of TÜV Rheinland Market Access Services
The current situation of local certification bodies / authorities

Country / Region



Mainland China

Release of E-Certificates:

From February 14, 2020, CQC began to issue paper certificates as well as corresponding e-certificates to enterprises. For paper certificates issued before February 14, 2020, a corresponding e-certificate shall be issued after the completion of the application for certificate renewal after expiration, or for changes of the certificate.

The e-certificate can be downloaded only from the CQC Product Certification Management System by the applicant.


For documents that require original documents (e.g. certification applications, etc.), the applicant can upload an electronic version (scan copy) in the form of attachments in the system, and documents in hard copies should be re-posted within 3 months after the end of the outbreak.

Factory Inspections:

As of now, the headquarters of CQC has suspended all on-site inspection activities carried out by personnel in China. The restart time will depend on the epidemic situation, and notification will be provided. For on-site inspections for overseas customers, CQC will entrust implementation to overseas institutions.

For factory inspections that have been carried out that result in required corrections, CQC will extend the time limit for corrections to 3 months after the epidemic is over.

Certificate Validity:

From now on until the outbreak is over, the validity of a certificate that has expired or needs to be supervised shall be extended until 3 months after the outbreak is over.

For certificates held by enterprises that are affected by the outbreak and which cannot accept factory inspections, the suspension time limit for a certificate can be extended until 3 months after the outbreak is over.

3 months after the end of the outbreak


Extend lockdown till May 17. In areas (including New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore) severely affected by the epidemic, there will be no relax of any control, instead stricter control measures will be introduced. During the national lockdown, air, rail, subway and interprovincial highway traffic are still prohibited; only people with special traffic permits are allowed to pass. In order to restore the economy, the Indian government announced that private companies (such as test laboratories) and government units (BIS) will gradually resume 33% of work. The application process may take 7-10 days to get the permission.

March 25 till May 17


1.TISI stopped all staff from traveling to countries affected by the epidemic (both vacation and business). TISI has also stopped all staff from traveling to countries that have a 14-day quarantine regulation.

2. Until end of April, TISI can issue “Shipment Certificate” as a temporary solution. No factory inspection for Shipment Certificate, but sending samples for local testing is still required.

Not yet decided


Nationwide lockdown is extended till May 15.

 March 15 till May 15

South Korea

Testing and certification can be carried out normally. The impact of factory inspections is as follows:


April: On-site factory inspection is suspended. KTC accepts the special processing method of issuing a certificate after submitting all the inspection materials of the factory. After the epidemic period, the inspection staff will be dispatched to the factory to conduct on-site inspection.

1st half of May: On-site factory inspection in Shenzhen will be recovered. For other provinces and regions, it is yet to be decided.

2nd half of May: On-site factory inspection within Guangdong Province will be recovered. It is expected that the factory inspection at other provinces and regions will be also gradually recovered. However, the specific plan has not been issued yet.

KTL: For factories applying for the first time, it is still necessary to go through the factory inspection before the issuing of a KC certificate. For factories located in provinces or regions with more severe epidemic condition, depending on the specific location, some delay of factory inspections may occur. However, the certificate can still only be issued after the factory inspection is conducted.

KTR: On-site factory inspection is suspended. KTC accepts the special processing method of issuing a certificate after submitting all the inspection materials of the factory. The specific plan for actual on-site factory inspection has not been issued.

Dependent on different certification bodies

Brazil (ANATEL)

1) No renewal testing will be required for devices that have not undergone any change in project/components compared to the previous renewal/certification.

2) Internal and External photos will not be required.

3) These exceptions are valid only for certificates expiring prior to June 30, 2020.

Valid only for certificates expiring until June 30, 2020

Brazil (INMETRO)

For Inmetro projects the Ordinance 111/2020 allows new acceptance conditions for the conformity assessment activities between January 1st 2020 to June 30th 2020 as follows:

For each project: new certification, certification maintenance (surveillance) and recertification, when clients inform they cannot receive Factory Inspectors or cannot test their products due to COVID-19 epidemic, TÜV Rheinland Brazil will prepare a Risk Assessment Analysis considering the documentation provided by manufacturer and from previous projects as follow:

Documentation arranged by manufacturer:

  • Latest Internal Audit Report: according to item 9.2 of ISO 9001 or 8.2.4 of ISO 13485
  • Management Review Report: according to item 9.3 of ISO 9001 or 5.6.1 of ISO 13485

Documentation from previous projects:

  • Complaints Handling: in this case we will use the last CCS (Customer Complaint Service) Audit Report done at the importer (Brazilian License Holder);
  • Results from previous tests: only applicable for maintenance and recertification projects

Based on the Risk Assessment Analysis, TÜV Rheinland Brazil will decide:

  • Postpone for a maximum period of 6 months the Factory Audit and Tests. In this case the client may have 2 independent evaluation activities in the next period (2 factory audits and 2 tests) depending on the periodic maintenance rules or;
  • Perform remote factory audit, when agreed between manufacturer and TÜV and conditioned to technical availability (Skype or other communication tool) and perform Tests with exceptional Test Report Acceptance Criteria.

Note: the Risk Assessment Analysis will be performed for factory audits and tests separately, and only initiated after client request to evaluate the project situation.

Please contact TUV Rheinland colleagues for more details.

January 1 till June 30


If a follow-up factory inspection within this year is the “first follow-up factory inspection,” depending on the local epidemic situation, the factory inspection can be postponed, but the factory inspection must still be completed within this year.

Till end of 2020

GCC Countries

 The GSO NB member will have a meeting " GSO measures regarding GCC Conformity Tracking activities during the COVID-19 outbreak“.



Malaysia’s movement control order (MCO) will be extended till June 9.

March 18 till June 9

Chile (SEC)

The suspension of local inspections, meetings, and other on-site professional evaluations in Chile keep going, until there is further notice.

Not yet decide

Eurasian Economic Union

Russia national off is extended till May 11. The certification lead-time for EAC, FAC, FSB, etc. will be affected.

March 18 till May 11


Lockdown and curfew is extended till  further notice is issued.

Not yet decided


CITRA (Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority) is temporarily closed till the end of May.

Till end of May


Kvalitet has shortened working hours. Certification lead-time may be affected.

Not yet decided



1. All face-to-face activities are prohibited. Submission of new applications through local testing or document evaluation can still be accepted through the SDPPI portal, but the lead-time will be affected.

2. For ongoing projects, no matter what stage a project is now in, it will be postponed until the outbreak is relieved.

3. SDPPI has shut down face-to-face activities, thus affecting the delivery of original certificates. A temporary digital certificate will be sent as replacement of the original certificate, which has the same function as the original version.


1. All face-to-face activities are prohibited. Ongoing projects, no matter what stage a project is now in, will be postponed.

2. A temporary digital test report will be sent as replacement of the original version.

Not yet decided


ESTI employees are working from home during the pandemic. Lead-time for issuing Authorization is expected to be delayed by about one week.

Not yet decided


Due to the epidemic situation, the working hours in Israel have changed. SII is currently working with reduced manpower, which has led to the delay of the SII certification lead-time.

Not yet decided

Saudi Arabia

Lockdown keeps going. Most people are working from home, until there is further notice.

Not yet decided


Lockdown is extended till May 10, but some activities are already allowed. Since April 23, most of the certification operation is close to normal.

March 20 till May 10


ARCEP is temporarily closed.

Not yet decided


Rwanda offers online services and reviewers are able to work from home. Service is expected to continue with no delay.

Not yet decided


Tunisia customs are giving priority to equipment related to the pandemic. Therefore, samples sent to Tunisia will get stuck for a certain time. Also, CERT is currently shutdown; ongoing applications will be delayed.

Not yet decided

South Africa

Enter lockdown level 4; some business is now permitted.


All new permits/ certificates & extensions approved during the lockdown period will only be printed when operations resume. Please direct all queries for permit/certificate updates to: INFO@SABS.CO.ZA



People throughout the country are in quarantine till May 11. TUV Rheinland Colombia colleagues are working from home; certification lead-time and inquiry services are a bit affected.

March 24 till May 11


Work normally



1.Labs reduce on-site staff; therefore, the certification lead-time is expected to increase for 2 more weeks.

2.IFT  (Federal Telecommunications Institute) stops on-site activities till May 30. Other activities will be performed electronically as much as possible.

3.ANCE staff are working from home. Labs reduced on-site staff and is working fully loaded now. Testing and certification lead-time is expected to be longer.

1.Not yet decided

2.Till 5/30

3.Not yet decided


ARPCE is currently shutdown; ANF is still working. Not yet decided


Nigeria is taking measures to limit staff to strict minimum. NCC still offers online service for type approval submissions, but delay of certification lead-time is expected. Not yet decided


LCA Lesotho announced the scale down of operations. While works continue by means of electronic communications, longer lead-time is expected. Not yet decided


Zimbabwe Potraz started work from home on March 26th. Longer lead-time is expected. Not yet decided


Zambia ZICTA activated work from home. Certification lead-time may be affected.

Not yet decided


Yemen MTIT is currently closed. MTIT takes this chance to review the process. It is expected they come with a new procedure by mid of April.

Not yet decided


Libya Authority is working with limited staff two days per week only. Delays are expected.

Not yet decided


Work from home until further notice.



Nationwide lockdown is extended till April 30. Certification lead time will be affected

3/26 till 4/30


Lockdown is extended till further notice is issued.

Not yet decided


Most staff are working from home till further notice is issued.

Not yet decided


Most staff are working from home till further notice is issued.

Not yet decided


Working normally


Republic of Côte d’Ivoire


ARTCI resumed activities with a reduced staff recently after a closure of its premises on April 20 and works from 8 am to 2pm



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