9 June 2017
Brazil Proposes or Adopts Requirements for Various Products
Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) has taken the following actions over the past few months of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters.
INMETRO has made certain clarifications to the conformity assessment requirements for televisions. Additionally, the deadline for domestically-produced and imported TVs to comply with these requirements has been postponed until 1 October 2017. Compliance with the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirement for TVs will also be required as on that date. Importers and manufacturers of subject merchandise will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise from 1 April 2018, while retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 1 October 2018.
- Party Articles
INMETRO has further 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 2017 to 1 May 2018 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 2019, compared to 1 May 2018 previously, while retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 1 May 2020, compared to 1 May 2019 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.
- Motorcycle Components
INMETRO has extended the deadline to comply with the conformity assessment requirements of Directive 123/2014 for aftermarket automotive components for motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, trikes and quads. Subject merchandise imported or manufactured domestically will be required to comply with these requirements by 24 March 2018, importers and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise from 24 September 2018, and retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 24 September 2019.
- Water Consumption Equipment
INMETRO has made certain clarifications to the current standards for water consumption equipment, particularly the test procedures included therein. Water consumption equipment imported or manufactured domestically must comply with the updated requirements by 30 June 2017. Importers and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise from 30 June 2018, while retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 30 June 2019.
- Certain Industrial Valves
INMETRO has made certain changes to the conformity assessment requirements for industrial valves used in oil exploration, production, refining and transportation facilities.
- Oil Thermometers
INMETRO is seeking input from interested parties by 16 July on a proposal to set standards for glass thermometers used to determine the temperature of petroleum, petroleum derivatives and liquid biofuels. Among other things, the proposal would ban the use of mercury in subject thermometers by 31 December 2019.