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Argentina Standards: Elevator Equipment

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Argentina Standards: Elevator Equipment

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

The Secretariat of Industry, Commerce and Mining issued Resolution 897/97 mandating compliance with safety requirements for all elevators and their components that will be marketed in Argentina. The stated purpose of the the regulations is to ensure the safety of consumers.

Resolution 897/99 was signed and published in the Official Bulle on December 6, 1999. Its provisions became effective 180 days after publication in the Bulletin.

The essential safety requirements relative to the design, manufacturing and installations of elevators and their safety components are given in Annex 1 of the Resolution. The requirements are expressed in performance terms. Requirements are presumed to have been met when when products conform to applicable Argentina IRAM, Mercosur, EN European, or ISO international standards.

For the purpose of the Resolution, safety components are:

1. ANCHORING DEVICES FOR DOORS AT EACH FLOOR
2. MECHANISMS THAT PREVENT THE FREE FALL OF THE CABIN
3. SPEED LIMITING DEVICES
4. ENERGY ABSORBERS,WHETHER NON-LINEAR OR REVERSE SHOCK ABSORBERS
5. ENERGY DISSIPATION SHOCK ABSORBERS
6. SAFETY DEVICES OF THE POWER HYDRAULIC MECHANISMS
7. SAFETY CIRCUITS WITH ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Electrical and electronic materials and components that are not specific to elevators must comply with Resolution 92/98

Manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and installers must obtain certification to show compliance with the essential safety requirements for the components, the individual units and the full installation, before the elevators are placed in service. The certification must be with a mark of conformity granted by an entity recognized by the appropriate Secretariat of the Government of Argentina. Conforming products will bear the official safety conformity mark.

ANNEX II gives the following further information on the certification procedures and defines the two stages for the implementing this Resolution.

The first stage runs for the first 360 days after the Resolution is applicable (i.e, about June 6, 2001). During this period, DNCI (DIRECCION NACIONAL DE COMERCIO INTERIOR, NATIONAL DOMESTIC TRADE OFFICE) will accept a type of certificate issued by a recognized testing entity. The DNCI will establish the certification procedures for this first stage.

The required testing will be conducted by a recognized laboratory, with the sampling being the responsibility of the certifying agency.

For safety components, the certifier will periodically take samples from the factory and from the marketplace to verify the original certification of the products.

During the first stage, the installation will be approved by a recognized certification entity. This approval involves a review of the descriptive documentation relative to the installation equipment, materials, and procedures used for installation.

For the second stage, all safety components manufactured in Argentina or imported will require a certification mark or Certificate of Conformity as defined in ISO/IEC Guide 28, Model 5 or subsequent modifications. This Certificate must be issued by an organization recognized by the appropriate Secretariat in the Argentina Government.

The DNCI will provide the necessary information to customs to authorize the importation of the these products.

Certification as provided by Resolution 897/99 does not exempt those responsible for the products from meeting these and other regulatory requirements
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