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Argentina Unveils Framework Standards for Construction Products

Argentina recently approved framework technical requirements setting forth minimum standards for construction products sold in the country. Subject merchandise must comply with certain minimum standards related to resistance and stability; safety in the case of fire; hygiene, health and environment; and information. The Argentinean government will issue more specific technical standards at some point in the future to establish precise requirements and conformity assessment procedures for these products.

Products covered by the framework technical requirements include (i) building fittings, enclosures, doors and light facades; (ii) cement, additions to concrete and pre-fabricated concrete products; (iii) structure repair systems (impregnations, coatings, restoration with filling and mortar, inhibitors); (iv) sheets for waterproofing and bituminous plates; (v) wood structures and wood products; (vi) windows and glass; (vii) pipes and metal accessories for gas and water pipes, and radiators; (viii) steel tanks; (ix) thermal insulators; (x) floors; (xi) self-supporting roofs and panels for dry construction (steel framing, SIP systems); (xii) masonry products (cement, mortar, masonry, mastics); (xiii) gypsum products, limes and pigments; (xiv) steel for concrete structures and reinforcements; (xv) metal structures; (xvi) plumbing; and (xvii) ceramics (plates and sanitary lines).

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