Last July, Javier García, in his capacity as Technical Vice-President of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), took part in the round table organized by ABINEE, the Brazilian Electrical and Electronics Industry Association, and INMETRO, the Brazilian regulatory body, to analyse the regulatory alignment and conformity assessment of electrical and electronic products between Europe and Latin America.
With representation from Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay, in addition to Brazil and the European Union, the region's commitment to IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) standards was highlighted as the main reference for its regulatory development and related conformity assessment mechanisms.
The Brazilian authorities, in collaboration with the industrial sector, are redesigning their regulatory model, taking as a reference the new European legislative framework based on European standards developed mainly by the IEC in collaboration with industry and the corresponding conformity assessment processes. A time frame of two years is planned for the implementation of this change in the regulatory model.
From now on, the need to design technical cooperation mechanisms jointly between CENELEC (and the IEC) and the European Commission is will be proposed as a way of strengthening the relevance of IEC standards and conformity assessment processes.