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Developing Lighting Product Registration Systems


This guidance note provides practical guidance for policymakers on how to design, establish, commission and maintain a robust and reliable registration system for lighting products. It primarily targets countries that wish to establish a product registration system either because they lack a system in any form, they are considering upgrading from a paper-based system to an online registration system, or wish to upgrade an existing online registration system to include more features.

A product registration system is an initial compliance gateway wherein manufacturers and importers register eligible products with the regulatory authority prior to market entry. A registration system for lighting products can assist energy efficiency programme officials in transitioning their national market to energy efficient lighting products. A registration system can be developed on a national, or regional, scale and can range from a basic list of policy-compliant products to a comprehensive, searchable online database. It may include both public and confidential information and serve a variety of uses and users.

The three primary user groups are: government officials (or their third party contractors); product manufacturers and importers; and consumers. For all three groups, the registration system serves as the authoritative source of information on the performance of products in the market. It can serve as a comprehensive online platform for registering products on the market (the registration system for manufacturers or importers), for storing product characteristics and compliance information (the registration system for government), and for informing consumers about the performance of products (the database for consumers). Additionally, this information may be useful for other entities that need product performance data, such as think tanks/non-profit organisations, eCommerce players/online retailers, and others.

The registration system provides an initial compliance gateway wherein manufacturers register products with the regulatory authority (providing technical documentation to demonstrate product compliance with applicable efficiency policies) prior to market entry. A registration system supports the monitoring, verification, and enforcement (MVE) components of an energy efficiency programme. Regulators can use it to track individual models for performance verification, possible enforcement action, and to track the evolution of the market as a whole. It can be mandatory, where products must be registered in order to be legally offered for sale, or voluntary, where the products may be registered according to specific set of criteria, but it is not mandatory for products to be registered. 

This guide was prepared by CLASP for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)–Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative with the support of the Australian Government through the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science.