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Mexico Considers New Technical Requirements for Room Air Conditioners

Mexican authorities are seeking input from interested parties by 24 February on a proposal (PROY-NON-021-ENER/SCFI-2016) to amend the current mandatory safety and energy efficiency requirements for room air conditioners with a cooling capacity of up to 10,600 watts, with or without a heating capacity, not including split air conditioners. Among other things, the proposal would adopt sticter energy efficiency standards for these products and require compliance with the safey provisions of Mexican national standards NMX-J-521/1-ANCE-2012 (general safety requirements) and NMX-J-521/2-40-ANCE-2014 (specific requirements for room air conditions). The proposal also includes provisions regarding classification of air conditioners, sampling, test methods, acceptance criteria, labelling and commercial information, and conformity assessment.

The amendments would enter into force 180 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

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