9 April 2019
Argentina Sets New Technical Requirements for Industrial Valves
Argentina has adopted through Resolution 92/2019 new technical requirements for industrial valves, including bodies and covers thereof. Specifically, retention valves must comply with the requirements of standard API 6D or API 602/API 594/BS 8173, as applicable; safety valves must meet the specifications of ISO 4126-1 (as well as API 526, whenever applicable); lock and gate valves must comply with the provisions of one or more standards, such as API 6D, ASME B 16.34, ISO 4527, API 6A, API 600, API 602, ISO 10.423 and/or ISO 10.434; balloon valves must meet the specifications of API 602, API 623, BS 1873 or ISA 75, as well as ANSI/FCI 70-2 or IEC 60.534; ball valves must comply with the requirements of API 6D, API 598 and ASME B 16.34 (as well as ISO 4527 and API 6A/ISO 10.423, whenever applicable); plug valves must meet the provisions of API 6D and API 599; butterfly valves must meet the specifications of API 609 and API 598; and valve bodies and covers must comply with the provisions of IRAM 2659, IRAM 2666/API 20 A/B/C, API 6D and API 6A. In addition, these valve types must generally meet the minimum thickness requirements of ASME B 16.34 or EN 12.516-1 (or API 6A in certain instances) and comply with the current technical provisions on pressure equipment.
Moreover, the primary packaging of the product must include information on the name and/or brand of the producer and/or importer; description, code, number and model; reference standard for manufacture; general dimensions in millimetres (length, height and width); unit weight in kilogrammes; quantity in units; country of origin; fluid category in accordance with Resolution 348/2018; and safety seal, whenever applicable. Each product must also bear an indication of its nominal diameter and maximum working pressure or class (pressure/temperature) in accordance with ASTM B16.34. Valve bodies and covers must be identified as provided under ASTM A703 and ASTM A961, as applicable, or by means of a non-removable plate. Additionally, the domestic producer or importer must furnish an assembly, use and maintenance manual in Spanish with certain information.
Domestic producers and importers of subject merchandise must demonstrate compliance with these requirements through a conformity declaration or product certification, as applicable, in accordance with the detailed procedures and specific timelines of Resolution 92/2019 (which vary depending on the product category).