STANDARDS AND CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT Excerpt From Country Commercial Guide
Accreditation and Quality System Registration The General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE) of INMETRO is responsible for accrediting certification bodies,
quality system registrars, inspection bodies, product verification and training bodies, as well as testing and calibration laboratories. Information about accreditation requirements and currently accredited bodies is available at www.inmetro.gov.br/credenciamento/index.asp.
Labeling/Marking Requirements The Brazilian Customer Protection code, in effect since September 12, 1990, requires that product labels provide
consumers with correct, clear, precise, and easily readable information about the product's quality, quantity, composition, price, guarantee, shelf life, origin, and risks to the consumer's health and safety. Imported products should bear a Portuguese translation, and all products should use the official metric units or show a metric equivalent. The US Senate Concurrent Resolution nº 40 adopted July 30, 1953, invites US exporters to inscribe, on external shipping containers and in indelible print of a suitable size, "United States of America.” Although such marking is not compulsory under law, US shippers are urged to follow this procedure in publicizing US-made goods.
Other Comments Brazil is a member of the Mercosul trading block, which has its own regional standards organization that issues and
harmonizes standards. Technical committees write and recommend standards in selected areas. Each country must ratify the standard before they are adopted in that country. A number of standards have already been adopted as Mercosul standards. Adopted and proposed Mercosul standards are listed on Mercosul’s website: www.amn.org.br. The Executive Secretariat of the Mercosul Standards Organization is located in São Paulo, Brazil.
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American Embassy in Brasília: www.embaixadaamericana.org.br
ABNT - Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas: www.abnt.org.br
AMN - Asociacion Mercosul de Normalizacion: www. amn.org.br
Brazil’s Ministry of Development and Commerce: www.desenvolvimento.gov.br/
For information on the WTO-TBT inquiry point, contact:
INMETRO – Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Normalização e Qualidade Industrial: www.inmetro.gov.br
Information resources on labeling: IPEM – Institute of Weights and Measures: www.ipem.sp.gov.br CVS – Center for Sanitation Vigilance: www.cvs.saude.sp.gov.br
Resources USCS Brazil’s reports on Top Prospects for US exporters: www.focusbrazil.org.br/ccg USCS Brazil’s Guide to Marketing Services: www.buyusa.gov/brazil. US Trade Information Center (TIC) for tariff information: www.ita.doc.gov/td/tic/tariff/. US Trade Representative’s Office for information on FTAA and trade disputes: www.ustr.gov/Trade Agreements/Regional/FTAA/Section Index.html. Government of Brazil’s customs site: www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/Grupo1/Aduana.asp Government of Brazil’s SISCOMEX customs site: http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/aduana/siscomex/siscomex.htm
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