INMETRO PRODUCT CERTIFICATION CONCEPT
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INMETRO CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS
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PRODUCT CERTIFICATION CONCEPT
INMETRO (National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology) is Brazil’s Standards Regulatory Agency, and it requires the manufacturers and suppliers to have their products tested and certified by a recognized Product Certification Body (called as OCP in Brazil).
INMETRO covers many consumer and industrial products, including automotive components, tyres, wheels, electric and medical devices, household appliances and toys.
INMETRO is responsible for the accreditation of each Product Certification Body (OCP). In addition, INMETRO defines the products and the respective requirements within each respective certification scheme. Products manufactured in Brazil or exported to Brazil need a certificate issued by a Product Certification Body (OCP), stating that the product meets the Brazilian requirements.
Having a product certified by an INMETRO accredited Product Certification Body provides assurance that the product complies with Brazilian regulations and required safety standards. In order to introduce the products to the Brazilian market that require certification, it is essential that they are tested and approved by an accredited Certification Body.
INMETRO certificate is a mandatory document in Brazil in order to verify the conformity of the products and services. During the certification, risks mainly related with health, safety and environmental protection are investigated.
For the following products (automotive components), the Inmetro certification is mandatory.
Automotive wheel (rim), tyre, battery, brake pad and lining, safety glass, battery, shock absorber, fuel pump, horn, piston, pin, locking ring, piston ring, bearing half, lamp, steering terminal, steering rod, tie bar, axial bar, brake fluid, ARLA32, motocycle component, motocycle helmet, fifth wheel.
The certificates issued by Certification Body (OCP) will be registered in the on-line system of INMETRO, and INMETRO will issue a Register number for each family of product which will be a kind of idenfication code for the product certified and registered in INMETRO.
AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCT CERTIFICATION
INMETRO regulation 301, issued on July 21, 2011, requires auto components for the aftermarket to carry both the conformity seal of SBAC (Brazilian Conformity Evaluation System), that includes INMETRO mark and OCP conformity seal, to enter and be sold. Automotive parts such as glass, shock absorbers, electric fuel pumps for Otto cycle engines, horns or similar equipment used in automotive road vehicles, pistons, piston pins and lock rings, piston rings, bearing shell and lamps, now have to be compliant and manufacturers and importers must meet the requirements. From July 22, 2013, newly produced automotive components must bear the conformity seal. From July 21, 2014 only certified automotive products may be sold in Brazil.
INMETRO regulation 445/2010 applies to OEM and aftermarket parts and defines all the processes applicable to automotive wheels, which must be certified by January 2013. From January 2015, automotive wheels without INMETRO conformity identification mark cannot be sold in Brazil.
INMETRO regulation 299, issued in June 14, 2012 applies to automotive batteries manufactured for both OEM and aftermarket supply and sale. From June 14, 2013 all batteries must be certified.
INMETRO regulation 544, issued in October 25, 2012 applies to automotive tyres manufactured for both OEM and aftermarket supply and sale. From October 25th 2016 all tyres must be certified.
Inmetro Regulation Nº 445 of 19/11/2010 – Wheels
Inmetro Regulation Nº 301 of 21/07/2011 – Automotive components (glass, shock absorbers, electric fuel pumps for Otto cycle engines, horns or similar equipment used in automotive road vehicles, pistons, piston pins and lock rings, piston rings, bearing shell and lamps)
Inmetro Regulation Nº 55 of 28/01/2014, Nº 17 de 10/01/2014, Nº 80 de 04/03/2016 – Friction material (brake pad and lining) for automotive vehicles
Inmetro Regulation Nº 544 of 25/10/2012, Nº 205 de 17/06/2008 – Tyres for automotive vehicles
Inmetro Regulation Nº 118 of 06/03/2015 – General Requirements for the Certification of Products
Inmetro Regulation Nº 512 of 07/11/2016 – Regulation for the Registry of the products
Inmetro Regulation Nº 299 of 14/06/2012 – Lead-acid Battery for autotomotive vehicles
Inmetro Regulation Nº 156 of 06/09/2009 – Tempered glass
Inmetro Regulation Nº 246 of 01/06/2011 – Tempered glass
Inmetro Regulation Nº 157 of 04/06/2009 – Laminated glass
Inmetro Regulation Nº 247 of 30/05/2011 – Laminated glass
Inmetro Regulation Nº 41 of 19/01/2018 – Laminated and Tempered glass (to be effective from January 2023)
DOCUMENTOS DE REFERÊNCIA
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 445 de 19/11/2010 – Rodas automotivas
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 301 de 21/07/2011 – Componentes Automotivos
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 55 de 28/01/2014, Nº 17 de 10/01/2014, Nº 80 de 04/03/2016 – Material de atrito para veículos rodoviários automotores
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 544 de 25/10/2012, Nº 205 de 17/06/2008 – Pneus para veículos rodoviários automotores
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 118 de 06/03/2015 – Requisitos Gerais de Certificação de Produtos
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 512 de 07/11/2016 – Regulamento para o Registro de Objetos
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 299 de 14/06/2012 – Baterias chumbo-ácido para veículos automotores
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 156 de 06/09/2009 – Vidros Temperados
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 246 de 01/06/2011 – Vidros Temperados
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 157 de 04/06/2009 – Vidros Laminados
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 247 de 30/05/2011 – Vidros Laminados
Portaria do Inmetro Nº 41 de 19/01/2018 – Vidros Laminados e temperados (a partir de janeiro de 2023)
CERTIFICATION PROCEDURE FOR
Here is the step-by-step process for an automotive component to be certified by INMETRO in order to be sold in the Brazilian market:
1. To start, the manufacturer has to request the certification process to a Certification Body (OCP) which is accredited by
INMETRO. The certification procedure is applied in the name of a legal representative in Brazil, in case of the foreign
2. Factory inspection and assessment to ensure the compliance of the manufacturer’s production process.
3. Product safety testing performed by an independent test laboratory accredited by INMETRO. The test laboratory selection
vary according to the product (either in Brazil or abroad).
4. Technical analysis of technical and administrative documentation.
5. With the confirmation of proof for the compliance, The Certification Body (OCP) issue a certificate as well as the
authorization for the use of INMETRO’s Compliance Identification Seal. The certificate is issued in the name of a legal
representative in Brazil, in case of the foreign manufacturers.
6. Register application of the products in the register system of INMETRO (Orquestra), then INMETRO will issue a
REGISTER NUMBER for each family of product.
7. Usually it takes about 3-4 months to get the certificate and the INMETRO Register number, if the documentation is ready
and the plant audit scheduling by an auditor and test of the product is arranged within 1 or 2 months.
8. Regular certification maintenance is conducted annually – including tests and factory surveillance. Then in every 4 years
term, there is a re-certification process which is the same as the initial certification process.