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Argentina Standards: Steel

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Argentina Standards: Steel

Postby qszheng_forum » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:43 pm

The Secretariat of Industry, Commerce and Mining of the Republic of Argentina issued Resolution 404/99 mandating compliance with safety requirements for steel products used in construction to be marketed in Argentina. The stated purpose of the regulation is to ensure the safety of consumers and the quality of such products. These are mandatory requirements for both designated domestic and foreign steel products.

Resolution 404/99 was signed by the Secretary of Industry on June 6, 1999 and published in the official bulletin on June 22, 1999. It covers steel products used for concrete and metal construction. The list of products covered is given in Annex i of the Resolution. Annex II of the resolution gives the essential safety requirements that the products must meet.

Annex i of the resolution gives four groups of products: (a) steel products used in metal structures, carbon steel bars and rolls and construction wire rod; (b) steel products used in concrete structures; (c) certain steel products used in metal structures; (d) other indicated steel products used in metal structures. Annex i of the resolution includes examples and some specifics.

The essential safety requirements (given in Annex ii of the resolution) are presumed to have been met when products conform to Argentine IRAM standards or applicable Mercosur standards. The presumption of compliance is also established if the products are certified in countries that have a reciprocity agreement with the appropriate Argentine authorities.

Manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers must obtain certification or require certification to show compliance with the essential safety requirements. It must be a certification with mark of conformity, in accordance with the procedure established by the DNCI (Direccion Nacional de Comercio Interior -- national domestic trade office) and granted by an organization recognized by the Secreatriat of Industry.

Certification as provided by resolution 404/99 does not exempt those responsible for the products from meeting these and other regulatory requirements. If after marketing, it becomes apparent that the products are dangerous, those responsible must inform the government and consumers by means of sufficient advertisement.

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

The resolution will be applicable for manufacturers and importers 90 days after publication (i.e., on September 22, 1999) for products in groups a, b and c. Distributors, merchants and others have 180 days to comply (until December 22, 1999). For group d products, manufacturers and importers have 180 days to comply, while distributors, merchants and others are given 360 days.

IRAM and INTI have been recognized as certification bodies for the application of this resolution. The laboratory of the IAS (Instituto Argentino de Siderurgia -- Argentine Steel Institute) has been recognized ASA testing laboratory for the application of this resolution.
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