17 June 2016
Brazil Proposes or Adopts Requirements for Various Products
INMETRO has taken the following actions in recent weeks of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters.
- Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts
INMETRO has revoked Directive 20/2002 setting forth mandatory certification requirements for electromagnetic fluorescent tubular lamp ballasts. As a result of this action, domestically-produced and imported ballasts (i) may not bear the INMETRO conformity identification seal established by the revoked directive; and (ii) must comply with the requirements of standard ABNT NBR 5.114:1998.
- LED Lamps
INMETRO has extended the deadline to comply with the conformity assessment requirements of Directive 144/2015 for LED lamps for household use with an integrated device base or body, designed for network operation distribution, with the exception of various types of LED lamps that emit coloured light as well as OLEDs. Subject merchandise imported or manufactured domestically was required to comply with these requirements by 17 February 2016. Importers and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise by 17 October 2016 (compared to 17 June 2016 previously), retailers and other parties other than small and micro enterprises will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 17 July 2017 (compared to 17 March 2017 previously), and small and micro enterprises will be precluded from selling non-compliant merchandise from 17 January 2018 (compared to 17 September 2017 previously). Subject lamps must be certified using certification Systems 5 or 7.
INMETRO has adopted certain amendments to the conformity assessment requirements for baby strollers of Directive 315/2012 and Directive 351/2012. Among other changes, INMETRO has replaced a requirement that no stroller components show any significant signs of corrosion with a requirement that strollers do not show damage that impairs their performance or safety when used under various conditions, including on uneven surfaces, after a collision or after prolonged use.
- Children’s Plastic Chairs
INMETRO is seeking comments by 16 July on a proposal to establish new mandatory technical requirements for single body plastic chairs intended for children. The proposal includes definitions, technical requirements, marking and information requirements, and conformity assessment provisions.
- High Chairs
INMETRO has approved certain changes to the current conformity assessment requirements for high chairs for children related to additional documentation and safety and testing requirements.