3 July 2015
Mercosur Approves New Standards for Household Cleaning Products, Sanitary Requirements for Canines and Felines
The Mercosur Common Market Group has approved new good manufacturing practices requirements for household cleaning products (GMC Resolution 10/15) as well as sanitary standards for household canines and felines (GMC Resolution 17/15).
Household Cleaning Products. The goal of GMC Resolution 10/15 is to regulate the manufacture of household cleaning products so that human, technical and administrative factors that may have an impact on the quality of those products are managed efficiently in order to prevent, reduce and eliminate any quality deficiencies that may have an adverse effect on human health and safety. Companies are required to establish, document, implement and maintain an efficient quality management system with the active participation of all production personnel. This system must include provisions in the areas of organisational structure, procedures, resources, documentation and necessary activities to ensure that the product complies with all applicable quality specifications. GMC Resolution 10/15 requires the manufacturer to maintain a quality guarantee system with competent and qualified staff and adequate facilities and equipment and ensure the quality, safety and efficiency of its products and production support systems.
Manufacturers must comply with certain procedures in the areas of quality guarantee, validation, re-validation, product stability, health and hygiene, complaints, recalls, returns, self-evaluations and audits, documentation and registration, personnel, facilities, water systems and installations, auxiliary areas, reception and storage, sampling of materials, production, quality control and counter samples. Mercosur countries are required to incorporate this regulation into their respective legal regimes by 10 December 2015.
Household Canines and Felines. Household canines and felines imported into a Mercosur country must be accompanied by an international veterinary certificate issued by the veterinary authority in the exporting country. The certificate will be valid for 60 days from its date of issuance and the required rabies vaccination certification must also be valid during that time. Animals older than 90 days must be vaccinated against rabies and must be shipped from the exporting country no earlier than 21 days from the date of vaccination. Animals younger than three months may be admitted if the veterinary authority in the exporting country certifies that the animal is younger than 90 days and the animal has not been in a location that has experienced a case of urban rabies during the preceding 90 days. A country or area of origin that complies with the conditions outlined in the World Organisation for Animal Health Terrestrial Code to be declared free or rabies does not need to vaccinate its animals against that disease, provided the importing country has recognised that status. Importing countries may deny entry to any animals that have been previously diagnosed with Leishmaniasis.
GMC Resolution 17/15 includes various additional provisions regarding vaccinations, treatment against parasites, clinical examination, individual identification and non-compliance. Mercosur countries are required to incorporate this regulation into their respective legal regimes by 1 December 2015.