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Return of QuebecÂ’s Linguistic Roadblocks

Return of QuebecÂ’s Linguistic Roadblocks

A resurgence of Quebec’s minority government, the Parti Québéco, has resurrected French only language restrictions to a level which has not been seen since the 1980s.  Approval organizations are advising their customers to review the wordings in their labels to comply with Canadian laws and regulations and to seek advice from Canadian legal counsel as to what language(s) is/are required for a specific product.  So far there are no reported instances of manufacturers Read more [...]
ACTA-tion on Trade

ACTA-tion on Trade

Tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Japan representatives from several governments, including the U.S., are expected to put pen to paper and formally sign an international agreement to combat theft of intellectual property rights. As NEMA has pointed out repeatedly, product counterfeiting as well as trade- and certification-mark piracy are not just an issue for movies and handbags but also for some sectors of the global electroindustry. These can also present safety issues, as explained by the Electrical Safety Read more [...]
Does Canada Need Harmonics Emissions Limits?

Does Canada Need Harmonics Emissions Limits?

The Canadian Standards Association has been pursuing adoption of IEC 61000-3-2: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-2 and 61000-3-12: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Part 3-12 that provide requirements on limiting device harmonic current emissions.  These documents, and IEEE 519, provide requirements for limiting the effect of various products on power quality due to the way they process power for their operation.  However, why are these documents Read more [...]