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Mexico Issues New Standards for Room ACs, Proposes Standards for High Chairs

Mexico has amended through standard NOM-021-ENER/SCFI-2017 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 new regulation sets forth stricter energy efficiency standards for these products and requires compliance with the safety provisions of Mexican national standards NMX­J­521/1­ANCE­2012 (general safety requirements) and NMX­J­521/2­40­ANCE­2014 (specific requirements for room air conditioners). The regulation also includes provisions regarding classification of air conditioners, sampling, test methods, acceptance criteria, labelling and commercial information, and conformity assessment. The amendments will apply from 3 January 2018, although compliance with certain requirements on user safety, marking and instructions will be required from 2 July 2018.

Separately, Mexican authorities are seeking input from interested parties by 8 September on a proposal (PROY-NOM-205-SCFI-2016) to establish new mandatory safety standards for high chairs for infants. The proposal includes provisions regarding product classification; general requirements; sharp edges, protrusions or tips; small parts; splinters; latching mechanisms; holes and openings; pinching, cutting and bruising; protective components; integrity of the removable support; performance of the frontal torso support or tray; springs; stability test; restraint systems; structural integrity; lateral containment; tray disengaging mechanism; sampling; test methods; commercial information and instructions; and conformity assessment procedures. The new standards would enter into force 180 days from the date of publication of final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

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