10 Jan 2019
Brazil Suspends Implementation of New Technical Requirements for Toys
Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) has suspended the entry into force of the new mandatory technical and conformity assessment requirements for toys of Directive 563/2016, which were originally issued on 30 December 2016. The implementation of these requirements is expected to remain on hold until INMETRO concludes a process, currently on-going, to clarify Directive 563/2016 in various ways.
Imported and domestically-produced toys would have been required to comply with the requirements of Directive 563/2016 by 30 December 2018. The deadlines that would bar importers and domestic producers from selling non-compliant merchandise (30 June 2019), as well as retailers and other parties from selling non-compliant merchandise (30 June 2020), have also been put on hold.
Directive 563/2016 includes a range of requirements for toys, including the need to include on the packaging a commercial bar code in accordance with Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) provisions. It also requires toys to undergo conformity assessment and obtain an INMETRO registration to be able to carry a conformity seal and establishes a non-automatic import licencing requirement for imported toys.