February 02, 2021

Assesses Impact of International Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulatory Practices
Australia, Japan, Morocco, and New Zealand Top List of 18 Markets

WASHINGTON – In a new report, global tech trade association ITI finds that markets that embrace international standards and provide high levels of transparency and predictability are ideal for IT equipment manufacturers seeking to do business, spur growth, and drive innovation.

In its new 2021 Global Benchmark Report, ITI assesses the impacts of 18 countries’ and unions’ electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) regulatory practices on manufacturers’ ability to do business in those markets. Australia, Japan, Morocco, and New Zealand ranked the highest.

Focusing on programs worldwide that address non-wireless, non-telecom regulatory requirements for EMC, ITI’s report shares positive steps for governments to identify, prevent, and reduce impediments to trade, manufacturing, and supply chain operations.

“In the midst of a global health crisis, economic recovery is vitally important for all nations. Those countries with a stable, competition-enabling regulatory environment will attract business and achieve accelerated growth,” said Jason Oxman, ITI President and CEO. “To help nations compete for growth opportunities, ITI’s benchmark report outlines a roadmap for policymakers and regulators to reap the full benefits of trade and investment in IT innovations and to better understand the impacts of regulatory requirements on business operations.”

With inspiration from the World Bank’s annual Doing Business Report, ITI scored 15 countries and the European Union (EU), Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) according to how their EMC regulations for ITE impact the ability to do business for manufacturers seeking to import and sell their products in these markets. Regulations in top ranked Australia, Japan, Morocco, and New Zealand feature aspects that are essential for ease of doing business, such as incorporating international standards by reference, including ample transition times, accepting supplier’s declaration of conformity (SDoC), and providing high levels of transparency and predictability. Vietnam and South Africa ranked the lowest among the countries ITI analyzed.

To improve ease of doing business, while still achieving their public policy and EMC objectives, ITI recommends that governments consider multiple objectives when considering new regulations including:

  • Establish a clear and objective EMC goal and determine whether that goal can best be achieved through regulation or whether other governance approaches may be sufficient.
  • Where regulation is deemed necessary, assess and seek to minimize the impact of the regulatory measure on both market access and on the manufacturers and importers that are subject to the regulation.
  • Pursue regulation in a manner that facilitates trade, investment, and the creation of an open environment for innovative and new technologies and foster competition among the players in the sector, all of which have the desired effect of improving consumer choice and lowering costs.
  • For new equipment approvals, ensure systems allow for adoption of the latest editions of international standards with appropriate transition periods (at least one year in most cases).

Read the full report here.

Public Policy Tags: Regulatory Compliance, Trade & Investment