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Mexico Unveils New Standards for Hydraulic Jacks, Safety Glass and Radio Signal Blocking Equipment, Extends Standards for Digital Interfaces

The Mexican government has issued new or updated mandatory standards, or extended the current mandatory standards, for the following products.

Hydraulic Jacks
NOM-114-SCFI-2016 covers domestically-produced and imported hydraulic bottle jacks with a capacity of up to 30 tonnes used to lift, lower or move heavy loads. It includes requirements regarding classification, technical specifications, sampling and test methods, commercial information and safety marking, conformity assessment procedures and enforcement. The new requirements will apply from 24 April.

Certain Safety Glass
Aimed principally at reducing the risk of injury to people from broken glass, NOM-146-SCFI-2016 covers safety glass used in construction and facilities and finishes thereof and includes provisions on classification and designation, technical specifications, sampling, test methods, commercial information, conformity assessment and enforcement. It will apply from 4 May.

Radio Signal Blocking Equipment
Mexico recently issued under an expedited regulatory mechanism an emergency mandatory standard for equipment designed to block cellular telephone, radio, data and picture transmission signals. The new standard (NOM-EM-018-SCFI-2016) requires subject equipment that is either produced in Mexico or imported to comply effective immediately with the minimum specifications and limits and the test methods laid out in Technical Disposition IFT-010-2016 issued by the Federal Institute of Telecommunications. The goal of this standard is to safeguard Mexico’s telecommunications networks and services by preventing harmful inference between various types of equipment and ensuring interoperability between public telecom networks. Since NOM-EM-018-SCFI-2016 is an emergency regulation, it will remain in place only for a period of six months from 9 February, with the possibility of being renewed for an additional six-month term.

Digital Interfaces for Public Networks
Mexico issued last year under the expedited regulatory mechanism mentioned above an emergency mandatory standard for radio equipment with digital interfaces for public networks operating at 2,048 kbit/s and 34,368 kbit/s. NOM-EM-017-SCFI-2016 requires subject equipment that is either produced in Mexico or imported to comply with the minimum specifications and limits and the test methods laid out in Technical Disposition IFT-005-2016 issued by the Federal Institute of Telecommunications. The goal of this standard is to prevent the introduction and commercialisation of equipment that may cause adverse interference between operating units and endanger Mexico’s telecom networks and services.  

Since NOM-EM-017-SCFI-2016 is an emergency regulation, it was implemented temporarily for a six-month period ending on 9 March 2017. Given that Article 48 of the Federal Law on Metrology and Normalisation allows emergency regulations to be renewed for one additional six-month term, the Mexican government has extended the period of validity of NOM-EM-017-SCFI-2016 through 9 September 2017.

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