21 Aug 2018
Argentina Announces Standards for Furniture
Argentina recently approved framework technical requirements setting forth minimum standards for furniture sold in the country. The government will issue more specific technical standards at some point in the future in order to establish precise requirements and conformity assessment procedures for these products. Excluded from this action are railings, fences, medical technology and equipment, ladders, furniture installed in vehicles used for public or private transport, second-hand articles, and construction equipment such as stairs, doors, windows and floor coverings.
Subject products must be able to withstand the stress to which they are subjected during their useful life, ensuring that their functionality is not affected. At a minimum, they must (i) be resistant to tearing, fatigue due to use and friction wear, (ii) be resistant to the maximum load expected for the product, and (iii) have physical integrity and resistance according to the relevant conditions of use. Products that contain flammable components must disclose their composition and limit the appearance and spread of fire and smoke in accordance with forthcoming specific technical requirements. Products must also identify any components that can be recycled; restrict the use of heavy metals and volatile compounds; disclose the concentration of potentially toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic substances; and ensure that any adhesives, varnishes, paints, dyes, biocides, fireproof materials, waxes, oils, sealants and/or resins used in the product are safe for users.
Moreover, subject products must disclose their component parts and show the percentage weight of each constituent material, possess dimensional stability, and not have any pointed parts, sharp edges, chamfers or potentially hazardous finishes. The products must be suitable for their intended use and provide illustrative information and clear assembly and disassembly instructions whenever appropriate, adequate cleaning and maintenance information, and, whenever possible, information on maximum allowable loads.