COVID-19 Global Impact
PCS are taking the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus very seriously and are working in line with the guidance and instruction of both Kiwa UK and the UK Government.
In this respect, we have implemented the necessary policies to protect our staff, minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection internally, and to safeguard our business operations for our customers.
With many global regulators now either closing completely or operating with reduced staff, it is inevitable that Type Approval lead-times will increase in some countries.
We will continue to monitor for the latest developments and will inform customers of any further news.
Please find our summary of the latest impact below:
Democratic Republic of Congo
14 - 28 June 2021
Authority closed for 2 weeks due to spike in COVID cases. Authority expected to reopen and recommence application review on 28- June. Delays expected.
Regulators with limited/remote operations
Further restrictions enforced in country mainly affecting night shifts.
Authority continues to work remotely until further notice due to new national restrictions. Labs operating with reduced staff.
Authority office is open, but some members of staff have a hybrid working arrangement working from home some days.
No expected impact to lead time.
Delays continue in application reviews and certificate issuance.
Bureau Telecommunicatie & post
Lockdown restrictions starting to ease. Authority office still closed until further notice and currently looking at how they can reopen the office safely. Applications can still be submitted via email, delays expected.
Authority working remotely.
Democractic Repulic of Congo
Authority is still open but working with skeleton staff as a result of second wave of COVID infections in the country. Severe delays expected.
Authority working at a reduced capacity
Due to high surge of COVID cases in Eswatini, The regulator is operating remotely, delays can be expected.
Operating with reduced staff but no delays foreseen. National lockdown expected.
Authority Engineers are working remotely. Delays expected.
Labs continue to operate with reduced staff, resulting in longer lead times for testing.
BIS / WPC
COVID restrictions gradually easing.
Some BIS officers working remotely. Testing laboratories also impacted. No current delays to Approval process due to COVID.
Authority working on a rota basis. Overall lead time not affected.
Authority is working reduced hours on shift basis. Backlog at Authority and long delays ongoing.
Stricter movement control order implemented as of 25-May, all Authority staff working remotely, delays expected.
RF Authority continues to work remotely and as a result there are significant delays ongoing at IFT for certificate issuance. Mozambique
Authority facing minor limitations, with reduced staff working in the office. Nepal
Lockdown extended to 28-Jun. Authority officers will continue to work remotely. Delays expected. Nigeria
Authority working remotely. Delays expected. Pakistan
COVID outbreak has disrupted the normal operations by 30-50% at Authority's offices. Delays expected. Panama
Authority operating with reduced staff. Papua New Guinea
Authority is working with reduced staff. The main contact for processing TA application has been isolated, they are allocating other staff to handle TA applications. Delays expected. Philippines
Authority working with reduced staff. Some secretariat officers are in quarantine. No delays expected. Russia and EAC Customs Union
Federal Security Service,
Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media
CBs and Authority working on reduced staff, with most employees working remotely. Serbia
CBs and Authority working remotely. No expected change in lead time. South Africa
ICASA / NRCS
Due to rapid increase in COVID cases, tighter restrictions re-imposed; Authority continue to work from home for the time being. Delays expected. Sri Lanka
Authority working from home. Type Approval, Exemption letters & Import Permit issuance will be delayed. Government imposed lockdown/travel restrictions lifted on 21-Jun and re-started from 23 until 25-Jun.
Authority working remotely. Delays expected. Taiwan
Authority and most local labs have implemented work from home policy from 17-May. 50% staff working in office, rest working from home. Delays expected.
Authority working partly from home and partly from office. Authority only accepting application submissions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Slight delays expected. Leadtime will depend on Authority’s workload. At the moment, we expect that leadtime for SDoC (via PCS local agent) could be 2-3 days longer than usual, and leadtime for Class A/Class B (via PCS local agent) could be 1 week longer than usual.
Authority is working with reduced staff physically in the office and some staff is working remotely.
Authority working remotely.Long delays expected.
Authority enforced two day working pattern on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Delays expected due to COVID cases at Authority. Arrangements being made for alternative contact to sign pending certificates.
Authority working from office and home in rotation. No delays expected.
Authority is operating with reduced capacity and workdays. Staff working half days 3 times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Delays expected.
Regulators operating with restrictions in place
The China Authority SRRC lab in Beijing is open.
Official test still needs to wait in line for arrangement for about two weeks. Delays expected.
Factory inspection in foreign countries cannot proceed currently as auditor cannot visit foreign countries due to COVID. If importers need to import goods urgently during this time, Authority can issue a temporary license (lot by lot) or issue permanent TISI certificate via factory inspection report (paperwork scheme without physical factory inspection) .Local testing will still be required, but TISI will exempt from factory inspection.
Regulators operating with delays
Further extension granted by Authority for renewal of certificates with validity expiring on 31-Dec exempting requirement for photos and tests (previous extensions was June 30- June).
Labs working with reduced staff due to COVID-19 cases and premises sanitation.
Authority operating as normal, but they still cannot send auditors to foreign countries for factory inspection due to COVID-19.If importers need to import goods urgently during this time, TISI can issue a temporary license (lot by lot) or issue permanent TISI certificate via factory inspection report (paperwork scheme without physical factory inspection). Local testing will still be required, but TISI will exempt from factory inspection.