22 June 2018
Argentina Amends Certification Requirements for Electrical Equipment
Argentina recently modified certain aspects of the certification requirements for domestically-produced and imported electrical equipment. These requirements apply to electrical equipment with a nominal input and/or output voltage between 50 and 1,000 volts in alternating current, and between 75 and 1,500 volts in direct current, as well as power supplies, chargers and transformers operating within those currents. The provisions are part of a new regulatory regime designed to ensure that electrical equipment commercialised in the country provides an adequate level of protection to consumers, property and household pets.
Importers of subject merchandise must ensure that their products comply with all applicable safety, labelling, certification and other requirements. With regard to safety, subject merchandise must be designed and manufactured in accordance with any applicable IRAM or IEC standards so as to ensure adequate protection from various hazards, including dangerous temperature increases, arcs or radiation, other injury hazards stemming from direct or indirect contact with the product, as well as non-electric hazards. Subject merchandise must also have an adequate mechanical performance and be able to withstand non-mechanical effects under foreseeable conditions.
The new requirements entered into force on 27 May 2018 and subject merchandise must undergo conformity assessment through 31 December 2019 in accordance with (i) certification System 4, which is based on type testing and checking of samples taken from the market and/or the production site; (ii) certification System 5, which is based on an evaluation of the manufacturer’s quality management system and the testing of samples taken from the production line; or (iii) certification System 7, which requires every imported lot to be tested to ensure regulatory compliance. Beginning on 1 January 2020, subject merchandise must undergo conformity assessment in accordance with System 5 or System 7, although Argentinean authorities may allow the use of System 4 whenever warranted.