Brazil has published two ordinances detailing the consolidated technical regulation and conformity assessment requirements for children’s strollers and children’s feeding chairs. These became effective on May 3, 2021.

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In April 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Economy/National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Ministério da Economia/Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia, Inmetro) issued two pieces of legislation to regulate two specific categories of juvenile products.

These regulations are:

  

Both of these new laws are structured in a similar manner and contain, inter alia, several important provisions:

  • Scope
    • Details the scope of regulated products:  
      • Ordinance 167/2021 exempts toy strollers, doll strollers and strollers for children with special needs
      • Ordinance 168/2021 exempts portable chairs and seats that are fixed on common chairs
  • Premarket requirements:
    • Products must undergo mandatory conformity assessments and certification
    • Products must be registered with Inmetro after certification
  • Market Surveillance:
    • Products are subject to surveillance activities by Inmetro or other enforcement agencies
    • Product suppliers must furnish requested information by Inmetro within 15 days
  • Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment Requirements:
    • Detail the safety requirements and certification procedures (see Tables 1 and 2 below for highlights)
  • ‘Conformity Identification Seal’ (CIS):
    • Details the use of the CIS (Annex III)

Highlights of Annex I ‘Quality Technical Regulation’ and Annex II ‘Conformity Assessment Requirements’ falling under each of these two ordinances are summarized in Tables 1 and 2.

Ordinance No. 167 of April 13, 2021 ‘Approving the Consolidated Quality Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment Requirements for Children’s Strollers’ 
Section Highlight
Annex I 
‘Quality Technical Regulation’
  • Details the essential safety requirements, including those for construction, flammability and the migration of eight elements (antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium)
  • Plastic packaging must not pose a risk of suffocation or strangulation to children and must contain a warning for such danger and to keep the plastic bag out of reach of children
  • Stroller must contain warnings (in Portuguese) to reduce hazards associated with the use of the product and traceability information 
Annex II ‘Conformity Assessment Requirements’
  • List of complementary documents, including ABNT NBR 5426:1989 ‘Sampling plans and procedures for inspection’ and ABNT NBR 14389:2010 ‘Safety of strollers for children’ 
  • Suppliers are to choose Certification Model 5 or 1b (batch test) for the conformity assessment mechanism (certificate of conformity, CoC)
  • The CoC is valid for three years for Model 5
Table 1
Ordinance No. 168 of April 13, 2021 ‘Approving the Consolidated Quality Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment Requirements for Children’s Feeding Chairs’ 
Section Highlight
Annex I 
‘Quality Technical Regulation’
  • Definitions, including those for highchair, feeding chair for children and portable feeding chair (designed to be fixed on a table)/portable hook-on chair
  • Details the general requirements for materials, requirements for safety – including illustrative requirements for highchairs, marking, mandatory information on product and packaging as well as instructions for use
Annex II ‘Conformity Assessment Requirements’
  • List of complementary documents, including
    • ABNT NBR ISO 9001:2015 ‘Quality management systems’
    • ABNT NBR NM 300-1:2011 ‘Toy Safety Part 1 ‘General, mechanical and physical’
    • ABNT NBR NM 300-2:2004 ‘Toy Safety Part 2 ‘Flammability’
    • ABNT NBR NM 300-3:2011 ‘Toy Safety Part 3 ‘Migration of certain elements’
    • ABNT NBR 1599-1:2011 ‘Children’s highchairs Part 1 ‘Safety requirements’
    • ABNT NBR 1599-2:2011 ‘Children’s highchairs Part 2 ‘Test methods’
    • ABNT NBR 9176:2016 ‘Flexible polyurethane foam – Determination of indentation force’
  • Suppliers are to choose Certification Model 4, 5 or 1b (batch test) for the conformity assessment mechanism (certificate of conformity, CoC)
  • The CoC is valid for 4 years for Model 4 or 5 
  • Details the specific tests and requirements, including the migration of eight elements, for highchairs and ‘portable hook-on chairs’ (Annex A)
     
Table 2

Ordinance Nos. 167/2021 ‘Strollers’ and 168/2021 ‘Feeding Chairs’ became effective on May 3, 2021 – the former legislation repealed Inmetro Ordinance Nos. 315/12, 351/2012, 494/2015 & 222/2016 and the latter repealed Inmetro Ordinance Nos. 683/2012, 51/2013 & 227/2016

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