Gain access to Brazil's electrics and electronics market for explosive atmospheres
The INMETRO (National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality), an agency of the Federal Government, has made it compulsory to certify several types of electric and electronics equipment for explosive atmospheres, before being sold in the Brazilian market, whether manufactured domestically or imported through the following regulation: INMETRO Ordinance 179/2010 (updated by INMETRO Ordinances 23/2012 and 89/2012). Electrical and electronic equipment that can be installed in locations classified as Zone 0, Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 20, Zone 21 and Zone 22 should obtain INMEx certification.
The first step is to choose one of the three certification models indicated in item 5.3 of Ordinance INMETRO 179/2010 and then send all the technical documentation related to the products to be certified, in addition to information about the manufacturer (if it is not the applicant). From this point on, the certification process follows these steps:
The certificate issued will be valid for 3 years for model 5 (QMS certification). The certificate is sent with the marks that can be applied to the product, as well as more detailed instructions on the contract and responsibilities for maintaining the certificate.
In order to maintain the validity of the issued certificate, it is mandatory to carry out maintenance audits every 18 months (this situation is not applicable to batch certifications or special cases of imported products). Any changes that occur after certification, whether in the product or in the production facilities, must be formally reported to TÜV SÜD, so that it can evaluate and define the actions to be taken, if necessary.
Selling products into Brazil requires knowledge of the mandatory regulatory approvals
Learn about the technical requirements of the ATEX Directive and the IECEx Scheme.
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