13 June 2019
Argentina Sets New Technical Requirements for Sunglasses and Frames for Glasses
Argentina has adopted new technical requirements for domestically-produced and imported sunglasses and frames for glasses. Excluded from these requirements are toy glasses, eye protection equipment covered by Resolution 896/1999, eye protection equipment for specific sports (such as ski goggles), glasses for protection against artificial light radiation, frames for glasses intended for clinical research, sunglasses that have been medically prescribed to reduce solar radiation, and equipment intended for direct observation of the sun.
Sunglasses must comply with the requirements of standard ISO 12312-1, while frames for glasses will be required to adhere to the provisions of standard ISO 12870. Subject merchandise must be visibly, indelibly and legibly marked or engraved on the temple of the glasses in accordance with ISO 12870, providing the following information at a minimum: (i) identification of the producer or importer through its tax (CUIT) code; (ii) model identification; (iii) country of origin; and (iv) alpha-numeric code in accordance with certain provisions.
In the case of sunglasses, the importer or domestic producer must provide together with the product information on the solar filter number (in accordance with table 1 of point 5.2 of ISO 12312-1) as well as a description of the filter category by means of text or a symbol. For category 4 sunglasses, a warning that the sunglasses are not suitable for driving must be included. This information must be provided by means of a label, catalogue or printed on paper, in a way that reaches the final consumer.
These requirements will enter into force on 9 December 2019 although stocks of unmarked sunglasses and frames of glasses may be sold through 8 December 2022. Domestic producers and importers of subject merchandise must demonstrate compliance with these requirements through a sworn declaration, which will be valid for a period of 36 months. Through 8 December 2022, test reports supporting sworn declarations may be prepared by a plant or third-party laboratory, but from 9 December 2022 those reports must be prepared by an accredited lab.