As of January 2, 2013, reduced testing of a sample must take place in Argentina prior to issuance of the certificate of extension to the Argentine importer. This requirement applies to all local certifications based on pre-existing test reports and consists of performing some tests to a sample of the product to be certified. The sample will have to be released through the letter called “Sin Derecho a Uso” (without the right to be marketed). This procedure will enable the Certification Body to verify the identity, safety requirements, and matching between the released sample and the product certified abroad.
Reduced testing includes:
- Component identification
- Heat resistance
- Access to live parts
- Dielectric strength
- Leakage current
- Earthing and
At the same time a recently published list of characteristics that electrical products must comply with in order to be considered a “family of products” is applicable. As a result the Argentina Certificate issued by the Certification Body will include the following changes:
- One family of products per certificate
- One factory location per certificate
- One rated voltage range per certificate
Existing certificates will have to be revised according to the new definition of “family of products”.