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Mexico Adopts New Requirements for Motorcycle Helmets, Proposes Standards for Cookware and Speed Limit Measuring Devices

Mexico has adopted new mandatory safety, test method and labelling requirements for motorcycle helmets. Under the new standard (PROY-NOM-206-SCFI/SSA2-2018), motorcycle helmets sold in Mexico will have to be made in accordance with certain specifications and comply with specific performance requirements concerning penetration, impact mitigation and retention systems. Helmets will also have to be tested in accordance with the provisions detailed in PROY-NOM-206-SCFI/SSA2-2018, comply with certain conformity assessment procedures, and include a label indicating the brand. Additionally, the helmet’s size, model (on a voluntary basis), name and address of the entity responsible for the product (for imported products, this information may be included after customs clearance but prior to commercialisation), country of origin, month and year of manufacture, and warning information and use instructions must be included in Spanish on the helmet’s packaging or user manual. With some exceptions, the new requirements will enter into force on 25 November.

Separately, Mexico is considering new mandatory technical requirements for (i) instruments used to determine grain humidity, (ii) household cookware with a non-stick coating that is in direct contact with food, and (iii) devices used to determine whether motor vehicles are complying with the legally enforced speed limit. Comments on these proposals may be submitted by 5 August, 6 August and 11 August, respectively.

In the case of household cookware with a non-stick coating that is in direct contact with food, Mexico is proposing new specifications for the materials used in these products as well as various technical requirements, sampling provisions, test methods, labelling/marking requirements, and conformity assessment provisions. Subject merchandise would have to be labelled (on the product, packaging or both) with the following information in Spanish: (i) name or generic denomination of the product, when it is not identifiable by the consumer on first glance; (ii) registered brand; (iii) model or producer’s identification; (iv) number of pieces, when that information is not identifiable by the consumer on first glance; (v) name and address of the producer or importer;  (vi) country of origin; (vii) nominal capacity in litres or nominal diameter in centimetres or millimetres; and (viii) if a user’s manual or use instructions are provided, a statement referencing such manual or instructions. The new requirements would enter into force 180 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

In the case of devices used to determine whether motor vehicles are complying with the legally enforced speed limit, Mexico is proposing to adopt general technical specifications, test methods, labelling/marking and packaging requirements, and conformity assessment provisions for these products. The new requirements would enter into force 60 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

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