A quick update on automotive products’ regulations and certification conference in ASEAN & Asia December 2018 saw the convening of four major auto-industry forums on the technical harmonization of regulations and certification, in which, two focused on the ASEAN region and two on Asia as a whole.

The first forum i.e. the 4th Industry Forum of Southeast Asia for Automotive Sector (ISEA) meeting was held on 11th December 2018 followed by the 4th Forum for South East Asia on 12th December 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

A quick update on automotive products’ regulations and certification conference in ASEAN & Asia

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The third and the fourth forums i.e. the 23rd Asia Regulation and Certification Experts (RACE) meeting and the 9th Public and Private joint forum in Asian Region were held back to back in the same venue.

JAMA co-hosted with the ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF) and The Thai Automotive Industry Association (TAIA) for the ISEA and RACE meetings. The purpose of the meetings was to consolidate the auto-industry’s updated stances / recommendation to two JASIC government-industry meetings (the 4th Forum for South East Asia and the 9th Public and Private Joint Forum in Asian Region) on technical harmonization of automotive products in Southeast Asia, and Asia

11th December 2018, the 4th ISEA meeting
The 4th ISEA meeting was attended by key individuals of the auto-industry from ASEAN region. The members acknowledged the outcome of the 21st Task Force for the Mutual Recognition of Approval (MRA) and the 27th ACCSQ-APWG meeting. The members reiterated their support for the ASEAN MRA implementation. The industry stakeholders expressed that they would like the MRA to be implemented as soon as possible with the 10 harmonised UN Regulations in phase 1. The remaining 9 UN Regulations that have not yet been harmonised will be implemented after a timeline is agreed upon by the government officials.

The members of the meeting discussed and considered vehicle type definitions, test report formats and worst case selection for ASEAN MRA; and concluded as follows:
(1) They agreed that vehicle type definitions shall be referred to respective UN Regulations.
(2) They agreed to refer to the UN-R test report and that it was unnecessary to create a new common format of the test report.
(3) They recognised the importance of worst case selection in vehicle testing in order to establish meaningful compliance and called for further discussion among members of each association.

Members acknowledged that cooperative efforts between the government and the industry is important. Furthermore, the implementation of ASEAN MRA as an initial step before accessing to the 1958 agreement / IWVTA as ultimate goal, Conformity of Production (COP) shall be included.

The outcome of the meeting was reported to the 4th JASIC Forum for Southeast Asia on the next day.

12th December 2018, the 4th JASIC Forum for Southeast Asia
The meeting was attended by 110 delegates including government officials from Southeast Asia, related auto-industries and Japan.

JASIC / Japan presented its activities with regard to the promotion of ASEAN MRA and informed the participants that JASIC would focus their activities in the next two years to further implement the agenda of the meeting and comply by the MRA operation rules.

JASIC also made a presentation on Japanese Type Approval System with regards to the 1958 Agreement. JASIC informed the participants that it is possible to put an indication mark “E” by Type Approval System pursuant with regards to the 1958 Agreement on equipment or parts application to mutual recognition.
The next meeting will be held again in 2019.

12th December 2018, the RACE meeting

The meeting was attended by the automotive industry representatives from countries in Asia. The two main topics, 1) WP29 activities and co-operation in Asian region and, 2) the process of development measures related to vehicle safety, were discussed in the meeting.

With regard to topic 1), members agreed that in preparation for the accession to 1958 / 1998 Agreement and implementation of UNRs/GTRs, the contributions from related government agencies and automobile industry are vital. Therefore, it would be ideal for government agencies and the automobile industry to come together and discuss ways to establish an appropriate regulatory harmonization framework bearing in mind the situation of each country at WP29.

Auto industry is advised to align with UNRs / GTRs on any newly proposed regulations. Industry shall facilitate the information exchange and extend its cooperation towards the government as this would create a better environment for implementing regulations for both regulators and manufacturers.

In term of 2) the process of development measures related to vehicle safety and environmental protection, auto industry recognized the social responsibility to improve road safety, air quality and CO2 reduction.

The key developments of the meeting were reported next day at the 9th Public and Private joint forum in Asian Region.

13th & 14th December 2018, the 9th Public and Private joint forum in Asian region

The meeting was attended by 120 delegates including government officials across Asian countries and related auto industries.

The meeting aimed to promote the international harmonization of vehicle regulations and mutual recognition of approvals through cooperation between the governments and the industry.

JASIC Japan & Department of Land Transport (DLT) Thailand presented the latest information on WP29 activities, especially on new technology development, such as Electric Vehicle Safety (EVS), Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (HFCV) and Worldwide harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). MLIT Japan also shared its guideline on safety elements in automated vehicles.

JASIC Japan shared the latest progress of the revision 3 of 1958 Agreement and Phase 2 of IWVTA.

Japan also presented an outline of its policy making process on automobile-related traffic safety and environmental protection. Japan recognised the important of policies and extended its support in assisting ASEAN Member States (AMS) on policy-making.

Finally, each member country shared its process of developing measures related to vehicle safety and environmental protection.

The 10th Public and Private Joint Forum in Asian Region is expected to take place this year. The time and venue will be announced later.
i ACCSQ-APWG refers to the ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality-Automotive Product Working Group under the umbrella of the ASEAN Economic Minister Meeting.
ii IWVTA refers as International Whole Vehicle Type approval.


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