Helping to ensure the safety of children in Brazil and around the world
Regulators in the countries around the world have stepped up regulation and oversight of toys and other products intended for use by young children. This is certainly the case in Brazil, where Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) administers a mandatory scheme for the testing and certification of most consumer products, including toys and other products intended for use by children under the age of 14 years.
Only toys and children’s products that have been tested and certified by an INMETRO-accredited certification body are legally permitted to be sold in Brazil. 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.
NMETRO, the Brazilian accreditation body, is responsible for the accreditation of each product Certification Body (CB). In addition, INMETRO defines the products and the respective requirements within this certification scheme. Products manufactured in or exported to Brazil need a CB-issued certificate, stating that the product or family meets the Brazilian requirements. Additional market access requirements could be required depending on the specific products.
INMETRO’s technical requirements for toys and children’s products are detailed in national standards prepared by the Mercosur Association for Standardization and the Brazilian Association for Technical Standards, also known as the ABNT.
The Standards currently in force include:
In addition to product testing, compliance with INMETRO certification includes a number of special challenges, such as the appointment of legal representative based in Brazil, periodical factory inspections, and the translation of user documents into Portuguese.
TÜV SÜD Brazil is accredited by INMETRO as a Certification Body for toys, and offers manufacturers and distributors a complete range of testing and certification services applicable to these products. Our global network of accredited laboratories can also test your products to the requirements of the EU’s Directive on the Safety of Toys, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSIA), and other national and international regulations and standards.
Our services at a glance
TÜV SÜD provides a full range of testing for compliance with INMETRO requirements applicable to toys and children’s products. Specific services include testing for: