28 April 2017
Mexico Proposes New Safety Standards for Motorcycle Helmets, Modifies Requirements for X-ray Equipment and Lamps
Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 16 June on a proposal to establish mandatory safety and labelling requirements for motorcycle helmets. The new requirements would enter into force 60 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.
Under the proposed standard (PROY-NOM-206-SCFI/SSA2-2016), motorcycle helmets sold in Mexico would have to be made in accordance with certain specifications and comply with specific performance requirements concerning penetration, impact mitigation and retention systems. Helmets would also have to be tested in accordance with the provisions detailed in PROY-NOM-206-SCFI/SSA2-2016, comply with certain conformity assessment procedures, and include a permanent and easily legible label with the following information in Spanish: (i) name and address of the entity responsible for the product (for imported products, this information could be included on the product or its packaging after import clearance but prior to commercialisation); (ii) country of origin; (iii) model description; (iv) size; and (v) month and year of manufacture. Helmets may also voluntarily include certain warning information and use instructions.
Helmets labelled in accordance with either of the following standards would be deemed to comply with the aforementioned labelling requirements: (1) United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation 22 (ECE 22-05) – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of protective helmets and of their visors for drivers and passengers of motor cycles and mopeds (Rev.1/Add.21/Rev.4), or (2) U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218 (49 CFR Sec. 571.217) – Motorcycle helmets.
Separately, Mexico has adopted a number of changes to the current technical requirements laid out in NOM-025/1-NUCL-2000 for industrial gamma X-ray equipment. The new standard (NOM-025/1-NUCL-2017) includes definitions, classification of covered equipment, technical requirements, and marking, identification and documentary requirements. The updated standard will enter into force on 12 June.
Finally, Mexico has amended the current mandatory standard for general purpose lamps (NOM028ENER2010) to make clear that incandescent, halogen incandescent, self-ballasted compact fluorescent, linear fluorescent, high-intensity discharge and mixed light lamps cannot be made or imported into Mexico unless they fully comply with the requirements of this standard.