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Argentina Standards: Electrical Equipment

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Argentina Standards: Electrical Equipment

Postby qszheng_forum » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:40 pm

On November 12, 2003 the Secretariat of Technical Coordination issued Resolution 96/03 SCT that the earlier Resolution 92/98 by requiring re-certification of all items covered by the earlier. This re-certification applies any product, equipment, or family of products certified prior to January 1, 2003. The re-certification for manufacture quality control by a certifying agency must be acceptable to the Argentine Accreditation Agency and accord with ISOs 9000, 9001, or 9002. This process must be repeated once a year beginning 180 days after the effective date of this resolution.

The Secretariat of Industry, Commerce and Mining (no longer exists) of the Republic of Argentina has issued a resolution mandating safety requirements on all low voltage electrical equipment that will be marketed in Argentina. Resolution 92 was signed on February 16, 1998 and its stated purpose is to ensure the safety of consumers when such equipment is used under normal conditions.

Manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers must obtain certification or require certification to show compliance with the stated essential requirements for safety. Such certification must be granted by an organization accredited by the Argentine Accreditation Organization (Organismo Argentino De Acreditacion, OAA). The product must have a "mark of conformity" certification and it must be issued by a certifier accredited by the OAA. The certificate must be presented to the Office of Domestic Trade (Direccion Nacional de Comercio Interior).

The requirements of the resolution will be applicable on August 16, 1998.

First Phase: During a period of 6 - 10 months, depending on the product, manufacturers will be permitted to present a declaration of conformity as a sworn declaration, to show that the essential requirements have been met. The declaration must be based on testing or documented evaluations.

Second Phase: At the end of the first stage and during a following year, a "type" certificate may be presented to the Office of Domestic Trade, based on tests carried out by an accredited or recognized laboratory. Thereafter, a "mark of conformity" certification granted by an organization accredited by the OAA must be presented.

All requirements are equally applicable to national and foreign suppliers.

As 2003, there was only one Argentine product certifier accredited by the OAA and no accredited laboratories in this field.

Products include:
- cables
- outlets
- switches & plugs
- home appliances
- consumer electronics
- portable heaters
- air conditioners
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