April 2, 2018
By: Aurora Paguia / UL LATAM Regulatory Program Expert
The broader Latin America market is appealing for many manufacturers, but it is important to remember that market access requirements may differ from country to country. This means it is often helpful to work with local representatives and an organization with a global understanding of market needs. Though many areas of innovation in the lighting industry may cross borders, local trends and requirements remain significant.
For example, in Technavio’s July 2017 report, “LED Lighting Market in Brazil 2017-2021,” analysts identified three trends driving the LED market in Brazil: Smart lighting, increasing urban population and smart cities.1 As smart cities encompass many opportunities in the lighting market, including smarter street lighting options, this trend is worth noting for manufacturers looking for success in the Brazilian market. Further, on February 15, 2017, INMETRO approved the administrative Rule No. 20, 2017, establishing the technical and conformity criteria for street lighting using discharge lamps and LED technology. These requirements apply to the following types of luminaires intended for street lighting:
- Fixtures with discharge lamps up to 600 W;
- Fixtures with LED technology.
The following types of luminaires are excluded from these requirements:
- Fixed general-purpose luminaires;
- Recessed luminaires;
- Portable luminaires of general use;
- Lamps with integrated lamp transformers of tungsten filament;
- Portable luminaires for the use of the garden;
- Fixtures for stage, television and cinema lighting studios (interior and exterior);
- Luminaires for swimming pools and similar applications;
- Luminaires for emergency lighting;
- Lamps with extra-low voltage lighting systems for filament lamps;
- Luminaires for use in clinical areas of hospitals and health buildings.
INMETRO Certification compliance has been granted in phases as follows:
Phase 1 – New products marketed in Brazil must be INMETRO certified effective August 17, 2018.
Phase 2 – Products at the warehouse in Brazil without INMETRO certification prior to August 17, 2018 can continue to be marketed by manufacturers and importers until February 17, 2019. After that date, INMETRO certification for those products will be required.
Phase 3 – Products in the market without INMETRO certification prior to August 17, 2018, can continue to be marketed without INMETRO certification until February 17, 2020. After that date, INMETRO certification for those products will be required.
How UL can help
UL has local representatives in the region who can help you understand business customs, local culture and potential paths for market access. Our experts leverage the capacity of our global facilities to provide all services needed to certify your luminaire products for sale in Brazil. UL can conduct testing at our ILAC accredited labs outside of Brazil, or we can conduct testing at UL Testtech, our accredited facility in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Our Global Market Access team is prepared to help you achieve compliance with new requirements around the world. For more information or to contact our experts, visit our Global Market Access site at ul-certification.com.
These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to convey legal or other professional advice.