Industrial products may be subject to various technical regulations. For example, a boat equipped with a radar may have to conform to the technical regulations for «Modes of transportation/boats» as well as «electrical and telecommunication appliances».
- Modes of transportation
- Packaging, pressure vessels and tanks for the transportation of dangerous goods
- Machinery and appliances
- Gas appliances and pressure vessels
- Electrical and telecommunication equipment
- Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
- Measuring Instruments
- Construction products
- Chemicals products
- Medicines and medical devices
Modes of transportation
Motor vehicles (cars, tractors, motor bikes, mopeds, etc.)
Almost all motor vehicles imported into Switzerland are subject to approval (exception: light motor bikes, electric wheelchairs up to a maximum speed of 10 kph). Simplified regulations apply for the importation for personal use and parallel imports. The Federal Roads Office FEDRO is responsible for the approval of motor vehicles.
Boats imported into Switzerland must comply with the Ordinance on Navigation on Swiss Waterways. Article 148g of the ordinance stipulates the special regulations for recreational crafts. The cantonal Water Navigation Offices are responsible for approving recreational crafts.
Packaging, pressure vessels and tanks for the transportation of dangerous goods
The provisions of the Ordinance on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road SDR apply. Further information can be obtained from the Federal Roads Office FEDRO.
Machinery and appliances
In addition to the sectoral regulations, the provisions for the reduction of energy consumption apply in line with the Ordinance on Energy.
Gas appliances and pressure vessels
Pressure equipment and simple pressure vessels
Electrical and telecommunication equipment
Low-voltage electrical equipment
The following regulations must be met when placing low-voltage electrical equipment, such as household and entertainment appliances, on the market:
- Requirements for electromagnetic compatibility
- Requirements for low-voltage equipment
- Requirements for energy efficiency in accordance with the Ordinance on Energy
- Requirements on batteries and on the reduction of harmful substances in electrical equipment
For the technical regulations governing the placing on the market of telecommunication equipment, please access OFCOM’s website. In addition, please note that the provisions on energy efficiency contained in the Ordinance on Energy apply.
Regarding measuring instruments and categories of measuring instruments, please refer to the Federal Institute of Metrology’s website.
According to the Federal Law on Construction Products, a construction product is defined as any product or kit which is produced to be incorporated permanently in buildings and civil engineering construction works. The definition is comprehensive and includes simple construction materials, like sand or cement, but also end products, such as prefabricated garages. Please note that lifts are covered in chapter «Machinery and Appliances».
The placing on the market of chemical substances and preparations is subject to different procedures depending on the material, the type of preparation or the use of said product.
Last modification 23.02.2018