Ensuring the safety and performance of LED lamps
Significant improvements in the quality and performance of light emitting diodes (LEDs) has made it the preferred technology for lamps and lighting products used in consumer, commercial and industrial applications.
In Brazil, the National Institute of Metrology, Standardisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) administers a mandatory scheme for the testing and certification of most consumer and lighting products, now including lamps based on LED technology.
Only LED lighting products that have been tested and certified by an INMETRO-accredited certification body will be legally permitted to be sold in Brazil starting in December 2015. Failure to obtain INMETRO certification can result in delays to market entry, or the required withdrawal or seizure of non-certified products, and may also lead to financial penalties.
Just as in other jurisdictions around the world, LED lamps sold or distributed in Brazil are subject to electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility and energy efficiency testing. In addition, product performance issues related to the colour and intensity of emitted light or life cycle are the focus of this program.
In addition to testing of LED lighting products for safety and performance, compliance with INMETRO certification includes a number of special challenges, such as the appointment of legal representative based in Brazil, annual factory inspections, and the translation of user documents into Portuguese.
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