UL Provides Alternative NOM Mark Approval for Mexico Market

by G&M Compliance (July 17, 2013)

In August of 2011, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) confirmed the publication of a Decree by the Mexican Ministry of Economy that included Resolutions establishing the equality of certifications issued by identified U.S. and Canadian certification organizations, in accordance with their local standards, to those issued under the existing NOM Certification Scheme without the need for application of an NOM Mark. The certification bodies identified included Underwriters Laboratories Inc. as well as Underwriters Laboratories of Canada with a scope of products including:

Safety of Data Processing Equipment (NOM-019-SCFI-1998 – all products)
Electronic devices for use in office (NOM-016-SCFI-1993 – all products)
Audio/video equipment covered under NOM-001-SCFI-1993

UL received Official Notification from Mexico’s General Bureau of Standards / Dirección General de Normas (DGN) approving modifications to our Certificates of Compliance for use in Mexico. UL is authorized to issue these Mexico Certificates of Compliance, which serve as an alternate means of entry into Mexico than the NOM Mark.

The Mexico Certificates of Compliance will be available in English accompanied by a Spanish translation.

Please note that the Mexican Senate recently resolved to file a Constitutional Controversy asking the Mexican Supreme Court to determine if the Ministry of Economy’s Decree is constitutional, or whether it violates applicable laws. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, but it rejected the motion to suspend implementation of the above noted Decree during the hearing of this argument, which means that, manufacturers looking to export into México are able to do so under the terms of the Decree.

For more information, please contact G&M Compliance, Inc. at 714.628.1020