Brazil has published an ordinance detailing the consolidated technical regulations and conformity assessment requirements for baby walkers. The ordinance became effective on April 1, 2021

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile ProductsNO. 048/21

 SG 04821 Walker

In March 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Economy/National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Ministério da Economia/Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia,, Inmetro)  published Inmetro Ordinance No. 129 of March 19, 2021 (Portaria No. 129, de 19 de Março de 2021) approving the consolidated technical regulation and conformity assessment requirements for baby walkers (the Ordinance).

The Ordinance contains, inter alia, several important provisions. It:

  • Establishes the consolidated regulation for baby walkers in the form of quality technical regulations (Annex I), conformity assessment requirements (Annex II) and specifications for the conformity identification seal (Annex III) – suppliers may choose Certification Model 2, 5 or 1b for conformity assessment requirements
  • Specifies that the scope does not include baby walkers for therapeutic and curative purposes
  • Requires (certified) baby walkers to be registered with Inmetro 
  • States that baby walkers falling under the scope of the Ordinance are subject to market surveillance activities by Inmetro and other public enforcement agencies
  • Requires suppliers to furnish the required information within 15 days when requested by Inmetro

The Ordinance became effective on April 1, 2021 and repealed Inmetro Ordinance 42/2018 on baby walkers – certificates already issued should be assessed against the new Ordinance in the next evaluation.

Highlights of adopted complementary standards for the conformity assessment requirements are summarized in Table 1. 

Entry Current Inmetro Standard Title
1 ABNT NBR NM 300-1:2011 Toy Safety – Part 1: General, mechanical and physical properties
2 ABNT NBR NM 300-2:2004
Toy Safety – Part 2: Flammability
3 ABNT NBR NM 300-3:2011
Toy Safety – Part 3: Migration of certain elements
4 ABNT NBR 300-6:2004
Toy Safety – Part 6: Electric toy safety
5 ABNT NBR 5426:1985
Sampling plans and procedures for attribute inspection
6 ABNT NBR 16311:2014 Baby walkers – Safety requirements and test methods

Table 1

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