15 July 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.
- Party Articles
INMETRO has extended the date of entry into force of the mandatory conformity assessment requirements for party articles set forth by Directive 545/2012, as amended. Specifically, the agency has extended from 1 May 2016 to 1 May 2017 the deadline for party articles imported or manufactured domestically to comply with these conformity assessment requirements. Importers and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise from 1 May 2018, compared to 1 May 2017 previously, while retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 1 May 2019, compared to 1 May 2018 previously. Under Directive 545/2012 suppliers of subject party articles will normally be required to certify their products using certification systems 5 or 7 to ensure compliance with applicable safety requirements, although micro and small companies and artisans will be allowed to use certification system 4.
- General Conformity Certification Requirements
INMETRO has approved two regulations designed to further improve the general requirements that are common to all product-specific INMETRO conformity certification programmes. Among other things, Directive 250/2016 requires conformity certificates to include information on (i) the commercial designation and commercial reference code(s) of the product, whenever applicable; (ii) related brand(s); (iii) technical characteristics such as product identification, raw materials, dimensions, textures and/or coatings, parts and/or accessories and other features; and (iv) Global Trade Item Number bar codes, whenever applicable. For its part, Directive 242/2016 makes certain changes to Directive 118/2015 regarding certification requests, initial audits of the quality management system and evaluation of the production process, definitions of sampling and laboratory, etc.
INMETRO has amended certain aspects of the conformity assessment requirements for new tyres established through Directive 544/2012. The changes relate to performance tests for the maintenance of conformity certification, certification evaluations, confirmation of re-certification and certain other procedures.
- Steel Pipe
INMETRO has amended the current conformity assessment requirements for carbon steel pipe for common uses and carbon steel pipe for high temperature use. Imported and domestically-produced pipe will be required to comply with the requirements of Directive 246/2016 by 7 December 2017, importers and domestic producers will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 7 June 2018, and retailers and other parties will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 7 June 2019.
- Boilers and Pressure Vessels
INMETRO has extended the date of entry into force of the mandatory technical requirements for boilers and pressure vessels set forth by Directive 248/2014. Specifically, the agency has extended from 2 June 2016 to 2 June 2018 the deadline for subject merchandise imported or manufactured domestically to comply with these requirements. Importers and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise from 2 December 2018, compared to 2 December 2016 previously, while retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 2 December 2019, compared to 2 December 2017 previously.