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Brazil INMETRO/ANATEL Certification Service

Brazil INMETRO/ANATEL Certification Service

General Information:

INMETRO

Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology, referred to as INMETRO, provides conformity assessment and certifications necessary to comply with the country’s safety standards and regulations.  INMETRO has both mandatory and voluntary certifications schemes.  Most electronic products qualify for voluntary certification, however when IT equipment is sold to the Brazilian government or public organizations, certification becomes mandatory.  Additionally, all electro-medical devices require INMETRO certification. The list of products requiring mandatory certification is not extensive; however, it can be confusing.

ANATEL

ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações) is the telecommunications regulating agency in Brazil.  Products that connect to the Public Switched Telephone Network such as GSM and CDMA cellular phones, modems, satellites, etc., as well as wireless devices such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ZigBee products require ANATEL type approval.  Although wireless and EMC testing are the main focus, safety testing is also a mandatory part of ANATEL certification.

Challenges Obtaining and Maintaining Brazilian Certifications

Obtaining both INMETRO and ANATEL certification can be troublesome and delays can occur if the applicant is not prepared with the correct documentation or understanding of the various paths available to achieve compliance.  The following are preventable issues that can cause delays:

  • Determining whether a product falls within the scope of mandatory certification regulations;
  • Difficulty in understanding undefined and evolving rules and mandates;
  • Arranging for in-country testing, If necessary;
  • Identifying required product and packaging labeling, and instructions;
  • Determining whether multiple models can be included on a single certificate;
  • Determining whether certificate extensions are permitted or appropriate;
  • Language barriers encountered in dealing with test and certification agencies;
  • Establishing or locating and maintaining a local representative necessary as part of the certification process;
  • Keeping certificates up to date with differing certificate validity periods and standard expirations.

How Can We Help?

G&M’s team has a solid grasp of regulatory requirements along with the background to properly manage your INMETRO and or ANATEL certification projects. The following are services we provide to expedite certification projects:

  • Provide guidance in preparation for certification submittal
  • Identify requirements that are not applicable under specific conditions
  • Identify when one sample can represent a family
  • Align certification programs to our customer’s needs
  • Identify a responsive and reputable in-country representative
  • Administer an On-line Certificate Validity Tracking Tool
  • Determine whether equipment requires a Homologation Certificate for ANATEL Certification
  • Assist with determining required product markings and information to be provided to the test/certification agency.

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ANATEL

Mark – Yes mark shall be placed on the product.
In-Country Representation – Yes
In-Country Testing – Yes
Expiration Details – Depends on certification category type
Continuing Surveillance – No Factory Inspections.  Market surveillance is possible.

INMETRO

Mark – Yes mark shall be placed on the product.
In-Country Representation – Yes
In-Country Testing – Yes
Expiration Details – 3 years
Continuing Surveillance – 3rd Party Factory Inspections Required (e.g. GIG-023).  No Market surveillance.

We have found that often times certification bottlenecks can occur within a manufacturer’s organization.  As a result, we offer a service to provide internal help managing regulatory certification tasks.  Because G&M is not a certification body, we are in a unique position to offer valuable regulatory expertise without any conflict of interest issues.  In such cases we place G&M certification experts into our customers’ organizations to manage the certification process for them.  Once on the inside, our managers can leverage G&Ms collective experience to guide certification processes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  To learn more about this service see our Homologation Management Service Page.  
Untimely expirations of certificates can cause delays in product deliveries.  Re-certification of products will generally be treated as new submittals instead of certificate renewals.  This can be time-consuming and costly.  G&M provides a web-based certification tracking system that alerts users when expirations are coming, provides on-line storage of important certification documentation, and is searchable by certification specific criteria.  For more information on this system see our CATS page.