20 Nov 2015
Brazil Proposes or Adopts Standards for Various Products
Brazil's National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) has taken the following actions in recent weeks of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters.
- Pacifiers and Baby Bottles
INMETRO has banned effective from 15 October the production, importation and sale in Brazil of customised pacifiers, baby bottles and nipples for baby bottles. The term "customisation" is defined in Directive 517/2015 as the modification of the characteristics of the certified original product, including through the addition of small parts like crystals, pearls, beads and other accessories that are adhered to the product with glue or another adhesive, as well as the addition of decorative paint or the modification of the original colour of the product. The ban also covers non-customised pacifiers, baby bottles and nipples for baby bottles containing small parts like crystals, pearls, beads and other accessories that are adhered to the product with glue or another adhesive.
- Spring Mattresses
INMETRO is seeking comments by 8 November on a proposal to amend the technical quality requirements for spring mattresses. The proposal includes definitions, general and technical requirements, labelling and packaging requirements, use instructions and conformity assessment procedures.
INMETRO has amended the technical quality requirements for strollers (baby carriages) by requiring fabric components in a stroller basket without a safety belt that are used to keep a baby in the stroller to be constructed in such a way as to ensure that the baby does not fall from the stroller basket even when the stroller is placed on an inclined surface.
- Measuring Instruments
INMETRO is seeking comments by 1 November on a proposal to amend the model approval procedures and criteria laid out in Directive 484/2010 for measuring instruments and apparatus subject to metrological requirements. If the proposal is approved as expected, the new model approval procedures would enter into force on 1 January 2016.
- Glass Beakers
INMETRO recently amended the metrological technical requirements for 100 millilitre glass beakers for measuring the amount of anhydrous ethanol content in gasoline. Among other things, the commercialisation by producers and importers of 100 mL glass beakers with a polished mouth and cover will only be permitted from 5 December 2015, provided the beakers have been approved in an initial verification.
- Flow Computers
INMETRO recently approved through Directive 499/2015 new technical and metrological requirements for flow computers and volume converters used to measure oil and natural gas. Subject merchandise approved in accordance with the requirements of INMETRO Directive 64/2003 may be commercialised in Brazil through 5 October 2016.