February 16, 2021
On Jan. 28, 2021 Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) held an online forum to present a new regulatory model strategy. According to INMETRO’s President Marcos Heleno Guerson de Oliveira Junior, the objective of the forum was to:
- Establish transparency while informing all interested parties of upcoming changes.
- Demonstrate that the new model is essential to meet society's expectations, ensure a safe and dynamic market as well as create a system that is less bureaucratic, promotes competitiveness, and enhances digitalization.
The forum was the first of a three-part series that INMETRO will host in the next four months.
The proposed model focuses on three key areas:
- A normative framework based on general rules, reducing prescriptive rules and extending coverage of the legal scope of the requirements
- Solutions for current regulatory problems with enhanced focus on general regulatory activities
- Higher degree of compliance via increased accountability of regulated agents.
INMETRO is committed to making the future transition to the new model as smooth as possible for manufacturers, certification bodies and the society.
In due course, changes regarding all regulated products and categories will be scheduled considering the proper time for everyone to adjust. Additionally, INMETRO’s new president has indicated again that they intend to move to a regulatory model more similar to the EU, where most products can self-declare to enter the market without requiring certification. However, details such as risk analysis requirements, pre-market and post-market actions have not been determined.
UL will participate in the upcoming events, which will be key to clarifying the real impact of this new regulatory model for our customers.