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Approval for South America

Your Way onto the South American Market

The German economy has traditionally enjoyed a good reputation amongst South American nations - to the benefit of trade relations between the two regions. Some of the most successful German exports include machinery and equipment, vehicles and parts, and electrical and pharmaceutical products. Our experts will test your products for compliance with South American import regulations. Any questions? We are here to help.

Benefits at a Glance

With TÜV Rheinland product approval, you will:

  • Benefit from a speedy introduction to the market of your choice
  • Gain a lead over the global competition
  • Save money - thanks to our experience and expertise


Argentina has a modular system for product approval. In most cases, products are simply checked every time they go through customs. Electrical products with S mark certification qualify for reduced market surveillance. Either TÜV Rheinland or CB test reports are accepted.


The Brazilian Institute of Metrology, Standardization, and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) is responsible for developing conformity assessment procedures and issuing accreditation. Standard procedures include:

  • Safety Approval
  • PROCEL method for testing energy efficiency
  • SELO RUIDO procedure for measuring noise emissions

Household Appliances

As of July 2011, all electrical household appliances must be tested for conformity with the international standard IEC 60335-2-x. Optional authorization for various products is also possible. The certificates are valid for 2 to 5 years, depending on the product type. Extensions are possible on the basis of twice yearly inspections - which include select security checks.


Telecommunication products in Brazil require approval and registration by authorized specialists. The national telecommunications agency ANATEL - Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações - carries out these procedures.

Medical Products

Medical products in Brazil must also be approved by INMETRO. They must also be registered with ANVISA, the Brazilian Ministry of Health. For more information, please consult our Web pages on medical products and technology.