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Brazil Issues Conformity Certification Requirements for Fans, Proposes Standards for Commercial Electric Ovens, Electric Plugs/Outlets and Certain Water Heaters

Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) issued on 20 January a directive (INMETRO Directive 20/2012) that establishes new certification standards for table, wall and pedestal fans and air circulators and similar goods commercialised in Brazil. Subject fans imported or manufactured domestically must comply with these certification requirements by 20 July, importers and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise from 20 January 2013, and retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 20 January 2014.

INMETRO is also considering proposals to establish mandatory standards and conformity assessment requirements for solar water heating systems and equipment and commercial electric ovens, as well as mandatory standards for electric plugs and socket-outlets. The proposed standard for solar water heating systems and equipment would set forth technical requirements for thermal performance, internal pressure, resistance to high temperatures, internal and external thermal shock, exposure, mechanical load, resistance to freezing, rain penetration, impact resistance and accelerated aging. Subject merchandise would also have to comply with certain marking, testing, conformity assessment and various other requirements. Electric plugs and socket-outlets would have to comply with requirements on such areas as electric shock, nominal characteristics, classification, dimensions and construction, grounding, resistance to aging, voltage and insulation resistance, temperature, normal functioning, mechanical and heat resistance, force to remove the socket-plug, marking and testing. They would have to be certified using ISO certification system 5 to ensure compliance with the applicable safety requirements. For their part, commercial electric ovens would have to adhere to certain performance, energy efficiency, electrical safety and marking/instructions requirements.

Interested parties may submit comments by 13 March on the conformity assessment proposals for solar water heating systems and equipment and commercial electric ovens and the proposed technical regulations for commercial electric ovens. Comments on the proposed technical regulations for plugs and socket-outlets and solar water heating systems and equipment are due by 12 March and 14 February, respectively.

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