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Brazil Issues Legislation for Cribs

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile ProductsApril 15, 2021

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

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. 143 of March 22, 2021 (Portaria No. 143, de 22 de Março de 2021) approving the consolidated quality technical regulation and conformity assessment requirements for cribs (the Ordinance).

The Ordinance became effective on April 1, 2021 and repealed Inmetro ordinances 53/106 and 195/2020 on cribs

Highlights of the ordinance are summarized in Table 1.

Ordinance No. 143 of March 22, 2021 Approving the Quality Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment Requirements for Infant Cribs – Consolidated 
SectionHighlight
Scope 
  • Cribs, including those that are convertible, folding, rocking or swinging
  • Portable cribs, cribs for hospital purposes, rest chairs, cribs designed to be placed adjacent to beds and cardboard boxes for newborn babies (baby boxes) are exempt
Pre-Market Requirements
  • Cribs must undergo mandatory conformity assessments and certification
  • Cribs must be registered with Inmetro after certification
  • Custom made cribs are obliged to comply with the Ordinance but are exempt from certification and registration
Market Surveillance
  • Cribs are subject to surveillance activities by Inmetro or other enforcement agencies
  • Crib suppliers must furnish requested information by Inmetro within 15 days
Annex I 
‘Quality Technical Regulation’
  • Definitions, including illustrative representations on external areas of a crib that are considered as accessible 
  • General and technical requirements, including the prohibition of pentachlorophenol (PCP) in wood or plant-based materials and restriction on the migration of eight elements
  • A minimum set of information in Portuguese must be marked permanently on both the product and its packaging
  • Details the instructions for use requirements
Annex II ‘Conformity Assessment Requirements'’
  • List of complementary documents, including safety standards (see Table 2 below for safety standards)
  • Suppliers are to choose Certification Model 2 (only allowed for micro and small enterprises (micro e pequena empresa, MPE), 5 or 1b for conformity assessments (certificate of conformity, CoC)
  • List of tests and visual inspection items for type 1 and 2 cribs as well as rocking or pendulum cribs 
  • The CoC is valid for three years for Certification Models 2 and 5 – recertification for these must be carried out every three years and must be completed within the validity period of the CoC
Annex III ‘Conformity Identification Seal’
  • Conformity identification seal (CIS) must be affixed to an inaccessible area of the product and packaging – the product area cannot be accessories or removable parts
  • CIS can be sewn onto the product, provided it is irremovable
  • CIS can be affixed to the product packaging by printing, cliché or glue

Table 1 

EntryStandardTitle
1ABNT NBR NM 300-1:2011Toy Safety - Part 1: General, mechanical and physical properties
2ABNT NBR 5426:1985
Sampling plans and procedures for attribute inspection
3ABNT NBR 15860-1:2016
Furniture – Children´s cots and folding cots for domestic use Part 1: Safety requirements
4ABNT NBR 15860-2:2016
Furniture – Children´s cots and folding cots for domestic use Part 2: Test methods
5ABNT NBR 16067-1:2012
Furniture – Cribs, rocking or pendulum cradles up to 900 mm for home use. Part 1: Safety requirements
6ABNT NBR 16067-2:2012Furniture – Cribs, rocking or pendulum cradles up to 900 mm for home use. Part 2: Test methods

Table 2. Complementary safety standards (Annex II)

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