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Argentina Unveils New Standards for Cement

Shortly after announcing framework technical requirements setting forth minimum standards for construction products sold in the country, Argentinean authorities have unveiled specific quality and safety technical requirements for all types and classes of cement for construction purposes. Subject merchandise must comply with the requirements of standards IRAM 50000 – Cement for general use. Composition and requirements; IRAM 50001 – Cement with special properties. Requirements; IRAM 50002 – Cement for concrete for road use with high performance technology; and IRAM 1685 – Masonry cement.

Cement sold in packages must have a maximum net content of 25 kilogrammes. In addition to any specific requirements set forth in the aforementioned standards, cement must include on its primary packaging information regarding the factory that made the cement, the country of origin, the packing date, and a safety seal issued in accordance with the relevant conformity certification system. Subject merchandise must undergo conformity assessment in accordance with (i) 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.

Effective from 2 October 2018, importers and domestic producers of cement required to comply with IRAM 50000, IRAM 50001 and/or IRAM 50002 must submit a copy of the applicable conformity certificate. Also effective from that date, importers and domestic producers of masonry cement covered by IRAM 1685 must submit a sworn declaration accompanied by all relevant technical information, including test results performed by an ISO/IEC 17025 compliant laboratory. A conformity certificate for masonry cement will be required from 22 August 2019.

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