Brazil has approved quality and technical regulations for infant walkers Jun 15, 2018

The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) of Brazil has enacted Decree No. 42/2018 to approve the quality and technical regulations for infant walkers. The regulations take effect immediately. The main contents are as follows:



Scope of application:


1. Apply to: infant walkers, including inflatable parts, children can be supported by the seat and the crotch is tied, connected to the hard structure, and there are wheels or casters.

2. Do not apply to:infant and toddler walkers for therapeutic and therapeutic purposes, as well as child-advanced, standing positions, and walkers specifically for export.



Registration/certification:

1. According to Regulation No. 512/2016, infant walkers must be registered with INMETRO.

2. The registration of INMETRO is mandatory to obtain conformity marks and availability in the domestic market.



General requirements:

1. Walker shall not cause harm to children after assembly and use.

2. The materials used must meet the flame retardant requirements

3. Risk warnings on walkers should be in Portuguese

4. The walker should be affixed with warnings and instructions reflecting the importance of reading instructions.

5. The toy (the toy that is attached to the walker) should meet the specific requirements.

6. All parts with electronic circuits or sounds shall comply with NM300-1 and -6 sections.

7. Any textile that can be removed from the walker should be cleaned and dried according to the manufacturer's instructions.




The term:

  1. For manufacturers or importers, these requirements must be met within 18 months after the issuance of this regulation.
  2. For stores (including wholesale), these requirements must be met within 24 months after the issuance of this regulation.
  3. For stores (retailers) sold to end consumers, these requirements must be met within 36 months after the issuance of this regulation.


Note:

Even within a sufficient period of time, domestic manufacturers and importers still need to be responsible for the safety of walkers on the domestic market. And the harm caused by the use of the product or the risk involved by the child.

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