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Argentina Extends Deadline to Comply with Energy Efficiency Labelling Requirements for Microwave Ovens

Argentina has extended until 6 April the deadline to comply with the energy efficiency labelling requirements of Resolution 319/1999 with respect to microwave ovens, as provided for under Disposition 170/2016. These requirements were slated to enter into force 90 days from the date of issuance of a notice of recognition of at least two test laboratories (i.e., on 5 February) but Argentinean authorities believe companies need more time to carry out the applicable tests.

Once these requirements enter into force, importers and domestic producers of subject merchandise will be required to certify their products for compliance with the energy efficiency requirements of standards IRAM 62412 and 62301. This certification would have to be carried out in accordance with certification System 5, which is based on an evaluation of the manufacturer’s quality management system and the testing of samples taken from the production line.

Certified microwave ovens will be required to carry two self-adhesive energy efficiency labels on their external front section in easily legible characters. One label must include the product’s energy efficiency class and any other information required by standard IRAM 62412, as well as the logo or mark of the recognised certification body, the certificate number, and the text “Res. ex SIC y M. No 319/99” on its lower part. The other label must include the product brand and model and information on stand-by energy consumption in watts in accordance with section 7.1 of standard IRAM 62301, as well as the logo or mark of the recognised certification body, the certificate number, and the text “Res. ex SIC y M. No 319/99” on its lower part. Subject merchandise must also be sold with an information card containing certain specific information.

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