On September 16, 2021, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan issued a notice of amendments to “Regulations Governing the Use of Commodity Inspection Mark” and published a draft of the amendments. The deadline for soliciting opinions is 60 days after notice date. The Regulations stipulates “Commodity Inspection Mark ” to be labeled on product subject to inspection. In addition, products subject to the Taiwan RoHS regulations must also label the corresponding Commodity Inspection Mark. The main amendments of the Regulations are as follows.
Addition of a 2D code
For consumers to be able to immediately know the pass/fail information of commodity inspections, a provision has been added to include a “2D code” in the “commodity inspection mark” of products designated by Standard Inspection Bureau of Ministry of Economic Affairs. The additional article regarding the above “2D code” is as follows.
Article 3, Paragraph 5
Regarding the designation code, for those products which have been announced to contain 2D code by Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, the application for such 2D code shall be made to Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection before Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection issues the certificate. If a certificate of commodity inspection and registration has been obtained prior to the enforcement of the public notice, the application should be made before the goods are removed from the factory or imported.
Provisions related to label of 2D code
In consideration of the fact that each product has a different form, provisions related to label of 2D codes have been added in order to diversify 2D code label methods. The following is a provisional translation of the additional article.
Article 9, paragraph 2
For those products which have been announced to contain 2D code in the commodity inspection mark by Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, the 2D code may be labeled in the following 4 ways:
- If there is packaging, it shall be labeled on the smallest unit of packaging.
- If there is no packaging or the packaging is not suitable for labeling, it may be labeled by hanging.
- If the above 2 methods of labeling are not appropriate, the label may be placed inside the package.
- Other methods of labeling as approved by Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection.
The original text of above draft amendment can be viewed at the following URL (in traditional Chinese).