SGS in Colombia has become the first company in the country to gain accreditation from ONAC, the National Accreditation Body of Colombia, to certify products in accordance with the primary battery regulation.

Colombia's primary battery regulation, Resolution 0721-2018, comes into force in July 2019, replacing Resolution 0172-2012. The new Resolution sets out the minimum information requirements for zinc-carbon and alkaline cell and battery labels and markings to establish the maximum permitted levels for heavy metals in these products.

A member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), ONAC's accreditation allows SGS to test products against this regulation in any ILAC laboratory, to provide sampling and testing services with its affiliates in the USA, China, Europe or Brazil and issue product certification for the Colombian market.

Jhon Cediel, Technical Supervisor, SGS said: "As the country's leading provider of verification, inspection, testing and certification services, we are proud to lead the way in becoming the first Certification Body in Colombia to gain this important accreditation. We look forward to working with organizations to help ensure the compliance of products against the new regulations and to support industry and business in reducing their impact on the natural environment."

ONAC, a non-profit corporation constituted in 2007, works to accredit the technical competence of Conformity Assessment Bodies, to exercise as a monitoring authority in good laboratory practices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and to perform the functions of the National Accreditation Body.

SGS Battery Testing Services

Developing the highest quality batteries, that are safe and reliable, is a complex challenge in today's competitive global market. SGS can provide expert testing services for abuse, benchmarking, durability, electrical, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), environmental, life cycle analysis, performance, safety standards and transportation on cells, batteries and modules.

For further information, please contact:

Jhon Cediel
Technical Supervisor E&E
SGS Colombia
t: +57 315 726 04 84

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