31 March 2017
Argentina Amends Certification Requirements for Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment, Makes Other Regulatory Changes
Argentina has amended in various ways a July 2016 regulation requiring low-voltage electrical equipment that is sold in the country to be certified for compliance with certain essential safety requirements. Among other things, Argentinean authorities have modified the scope of products subject to these requirements as well as certain provisions regarding the importation of non-compliant products that are subsequently made compliant in Argentina.
For example, covered equipment is now defined as low-voltage electrical equipment with a nominal voltage between 50 and 1,000 volts AC or between 75 and 1,500 volts DC. The following electrical and electronic products with a voltage below 50 volts are also covered by the regulation: dichroic or bi-pin lamps and their lamp holders, LED lamps and modules mounted with LEDs, handheld portable tools, electric fences, electro-stimulators of the muscles that complement physical activity, and luminaires and power supply systems for luminaires. Additionally, electrical equipment intended for household use and designed for a working voltage between 50 and 250 volts may only be sold in Argentina if it can be connected directly to the low-voltage electrical grid without the need of an external transformer.
Moreover, importers have been given additional flexibility to ensure that non-compliant products imported into the country fully adhere to the requirements for low-voltage electrical equipment. Previously, non-compliant products could only be imported if the non-compliance to be corrected involved the absence on the product of information regarding the importer’s name and address.
Argentina has also eliminated the requirement that external power supplies and chargers, monitors and all-in-one computers be certified for compliance with the low-voltage electrical equipment provisions in accordance with 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. Accordingly, these products may now be certified in accordance with Systems 4, 5 or 7.
In a separate action, Argentinean authorities have postponed the effective date of the technical requirements for potable cold water measuring apparatus laid out in Resolution 91/2012. Measuring apparatus with a diameter of up to 2.54 centimetres must comply with these requirements by 31 December 2017, while measuring apparatus with a diameter greater than 2.54 cm must comply with these requirements by 31 December 2018.
Lastly, Argentina is requiring entities who produce, import, export, acquire, store and/or dispose of machinery for making capsules, tablets or pills to be registered in the National Registry of Chemical Precursors prior to commencing any such activities. The registration must be renewed on an annual basis.