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Mexico Proposes New Standards for Electronic Products and IT Equipment

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 16 February and 17 February, respectively, on separate proposals to establish new mandatory safety requirements and test methods for (1) information technology, related equipment and office equipment (PROY-NOM-019-SCFI-2016) and (2) electronic products (PROY-NOM-001-SCFI-2017). The new requirements would enter into force 180 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

IT Equipment
PROY-NOM-019-SCFI-2016 would replace the current mandatory standard for peripheral data-processing equipment and related equipment (NOM-019-SCFI-1998) in an effort to further reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, energy hazards, thermal hazards, mechanical hazards, and radiation and chemical hazards. It covers a broad range of equipment, such as banking equipment, word and data processing machines, data network equipment, retail equipment (e.g., cash registers, point-of-sale terminals), office equipment (e.g., calculators, photocopiers, shredders, filers), postal equipment, network infrastructure equipment and telecommunication terminal equipment (e.g., modems, fax machines, basic telephone systems, telephones, cellular phones, smart watches). The proposal includes definitions, general and specific safety requirements, and conformity assessment procedures.

Electronic Products
PROY-NOM-001-SCFI-2017 would replace the current mandatory standard for certain electronic products for household use (NOM-001-SCFI-1993) in an effort to further reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, mechanical hazards, optical radiation, thermal hazards, and biological and chemicals hazards. It covers a broad range of equipment, such as television screens, radio receptors, video projectors, sound and/or vision amplifiers, sound reproducing and/or recording apparatus, acoustic boxes with an integrated amplifier, remote controls, antenna converters and amplifiers, closed-circuit TV monitors, entertainment monitors, power supplies, electronic musical instruments, electronic accessories, electronic toys, video games, electromedical equipment, professional electronic equipment, alarm and video surveillance systems, speakers, certain lighting systems, microwave ovens, electronic flashes, multimedia equipment, cable TV receptors, light effect equipment, antenna positioners and automated teller machines. The proposal includes definitions, general test conditions, specific requirements and conformity assessment procedures.

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