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Government authorizes simplified approval of measuring instruments

Metrology

Importers and manufacturers of 22 measuring instruments will obtain authorization to issue a declaration of conformity

The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro), an autarchy linked to the Department of Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness (Sepec) of the Ministry of Economy, published on Thursday (18/7)  Portaria No. 336, of 15 July 2019 - which provides for the possibility for importers and manufacturers of measuring instruments to obtain authorization to issue a declaration of conformity, replacing the initial verification.

The initiative took into account the growing demand for initial verification of measuring instruments and the limitation of human capital to operationalize this activity, carried out by the bodies of the Brazilian Network of Legal Metrology and Quality - Inmetro (RBMLQ-I).

Special Secretary Carlos Da Costa celebrated the publication and stated that "the Ordinance is another action of Sepec's Simplify Plan, which aims to eliminate obstacles in the country's business environment, increasing productivity and opening new markets."

 For the president of Inmetro, Angela Flôres Furtado, "the measure will promote a fair and unbureaucratized competition, recognizing individual competencies, the relevance of accreditation and the role of inspection on nonconforming products."

In order to have the registration of the measuring instrument, importers or manufacturers must use their own or third party laboratories accredited by Inmetro. It is also possible to use test reports issued by overseas laboratories accredited by bodies signing the mutual recognition agreement of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

The list of contemplated measuring instruments and all technical details of this Ordinance can be accessed in the Official Gazette.