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Argentina Updates Safety Regime for Auto Parts

Argentinean authorities have updated through Resolution 166/2019 the country’s safety regime for automotive parts that require an approval certificate for automotive parts and safety elements (certificado de homologación de autopartes y elementos de seguridad, or CHAS). The new regulation applies to auto parts and safety elements of Category L, M, N and O vehicles intended exclusively for the automotive aftermarket, with the ultimate goal of protecting human lives and preventing the commercialisation of parts that do guarantee the safety of consumers.

Any entities wishing to import, sell or transfer subject merchandise must obtain a CHAS, which may be granted for specific products or families of products. To obtain a CHAS, the interested entity must comply with the registration and other requirements of article 1 of Resolution 838/1999 and then submit an application through the on-line TAD platform together with the applicable certification licence issued by an accredited certification body. If everything is in order, the National Institute of Industrial Technology (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial, or INTI) will automatically issue a CHAS, although in certain instances INTI will more deeply analyse the information submitted and issue a decision within 10 working days.

CHAS granted on the basis of certification licences issued by certification bodies recognised by the United Nations will be valid for a period of two years and may be renewed prior to expiration, while CHAS granted on the basis of certification licences issued by INTI, IRAM or an institution accredited by Argentinean authorities will be valid for the duration of the licence.

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