Standards in Brazil

A Hot Tip about Law and Compliance in Brazil

Posted on: 6 Jan 2010

Standards

Overview

 

Brazil has very strict rules regarding standards and has a very active group of standards organizations. The National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) is a government entity and is the operating arm of Brazil’s standards regime, led by the National Council of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality, CONMETRO. The council is formed by a group of 8 ministries and 5 governmental agencies. The council is the regulatory body of The National System of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (SINMETRO).

 

Standards Organizations

 

INMETRO is the main national accreditation body and is in charge of implementing the national policies regarding quality and metrology established by the CONMETRO, the council that oversees INMETRO’s activities. INMETRO is responsible for certification products, services, licensing and testing labs among other duties. The Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) is also a recognized standards organization. All these bodies form the National System of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (SINMETRO).

 

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Notify U.S. Service

 

Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that can affect your access to international markets.

 

Conformity Assessment

 

INMETRO is the primary national organization in charge of tests and certification of labs.

 

Product Certification

 

There are very strict rules for regulated product certifications in Brazil. Brazilian authorities may require the retest of products if their approval has been granted by a source unknown to them. For non-regulated products, product certifications from other countries may be accepted. Brazil’s accreditation body INMETRO, along with its U.S. counterpart, NIST, is a signatory of two mutual recognition agreements: IAF - International Accreditation Forum; and IAAC - Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation.

 

Accreditation

 

INMETRO is the main body responsible for accreditation of calibration and testing labs, inspection and other related activities. Brazil requires INMETRO’s accreditation for labs in most sectors, especially regarding products related to safety and security.

 

Publication of Technical Regulations

 

INMETRO and CONMETRO use their websites to dispense updates to technical regulations.

 

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Posted: 06 January 2010

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