Industrial Standards in Portugal

Overview by
National Standards Organizations
Portuguese certification association (APCER)
Portuguese quality institute (IPQ)
Integration in the International Standards Network
At the European level:
- CEN, European Committee for Standardization
- CENELEC, European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

At the international level:
- International Standard organization (ISO)
- International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Obligation to Use Standards
Conformity to standards is compulsory for products such as machines, tools, electrical appliances, sports equipment, toys etc., and this list continues to grow. Goods which have complex technology or are potentially dangerous must be submitted for rigorous testing and approval procedures before they can be marketed in Portugal.
Classification of Standards
NP, the national certfication mark
CE, European certification mark. It is compulsory for a product to be sold on the market.
Assessment of the System of Standardization
The Portuguese are increasingly receptive to standards being observed; the PT mark, or the ISO 9000 certification, are well known to consumers and firms, and they are appreciated for their guarantee of the quality and safety of products and services. Information and awareness campaigns are carried out by public institutions.
Online Consultation of Standards
APCER, certification association
Certification Organizations
Portuguese accreditation institute (IPAC)
Associations of Standards Users
Portuguese Certification Association (APCER)

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