In order to ensure the safe use of electrical appliances by the public, Argentina requires that electrical products sold on the market must meet the corresponding regulatory requirements. Argentina issued a resolution on February 16, 1998 to establish a compulsory certification system to enable electrical products sold on the Argentine market to meet low safety requirements. The implementation of the system is divided into three stages:
The first stage
Certificate of Conformity (Certificate of Conformity) The certification at this stage is similar to the European CE certification. All electrical products entering the Argentine market must have a certificate of conformity, which is what we usually call a CE certificate.
Type Approval (Type Approval) products need to be tested in an accredited laboratory of IRAM to obtain a type approval certificate issued by it. Type approval only requires safety testing and no factory inspection, but no safety certification marks can be used on the product.
The third stage
Product Certification (Product Certification) At this stage, all products sold on the Argentine market must obtain the national certification mark. Certified products can use the "S" mark. Argentina's certification is transitioning to the third stage, the product certification stage, and the type approval certificate can still be accepted in Argentina. But in 2001~2002, the product will gradually complete the transition to the certification stage.
Agreement 197/2004 stipulates that electrical and electronic products, toys, personal protective equipment, elevators, lighters, children's bicycles, and construction steel equipment with an input voltage within the range of AC 50-1000 VAC or DC 50-1500 VDC shall be enforced by S-Mark Certification. The agreement requires that the product must comply with IRAM or IEC standards. The IRAM standard is mainly based on international standards (IEC and ISO). Manufacturers can attach the Argentine S mark to products that meet the standard, and product evaluation is carried out based on the IEC standard plus the Argentine difference or the Argentine standard. In fact, the formulation of the IRAM standard has adopted most of the provisions of the IEC standard.
Resolution 92/98 was implemented in several stages. Since December 1, 2003, mandatory safety requirements have been gradually set for different types of products.
1. The manufacturer's relevant laboratory (hereinafter referred to as the laboratory) submits an oral or written preliminary application.
2. The applicant fills in the application form, and sends the application form, product manual and technical documents to the experiment, and requires the applicant company to provide a prototype).
3. The laboratory determines the inspection standards and inspection items and quotes them.
4. The applicant confirms the quotation and sends the samples and relevant technical documents to the laboratory.
5. The applicant provides technical documents.
6. The laboratory issues a charge notice to the applicant, and the applicant pays the certification fee according to the charge notice.
7. The laboratory conducts product testing and reviews technical documents.
8. Technical document review includes:
1) Whether the documents are complete
2) Whether the document is written in the official language (English, German or French).
9. If the technical documentation is not complete or the specified language is not used, the laboratory will notify the applicant for improvement.
10. If the test fails, the laboratory will promptly request the applicant and allow the applicant to improve the product. In this way, the designated test is qualified. The applicant should make changes to the timely information in the original application to reflect the actual situation after the change.
11. The laboratory provides test reports or technical documents and IRAM certification to the applicant