Argentina type approvals and the Argentina type approval process
ENACOM (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones), formerly known as AFTIC and CNC, is the new telecommunications regulatory agency in Argentina, created in 2015. Products that utilize such technologies such as Radiofrequency, Cellular, or Satellite require approval and certification to be commercialized in Argentina.
Most products require testing in Argentina, and typically one to three samples is needed depending on the device. Modular and System approval may be possible depending on the characteristics of the equipment.
Local representation is required for ENACOM certification and LARCG can provide Cert Holder Services if you don’t have a presence in Argentina.
Argentina has a few restricted frequency bands such as the 800MHz band and UWB’s. LARCG help identify what technologies and frequencies are allowed for use in Argentina.
Examples of the type of products requiring ENACOM approval:
WiFi, Bluetooth devices
There are labeling requirements with ENACOM that may apply depending on the type of equipment.
Current lead-time for ENACOM approval and certification is 9 Weeks.
A few common ENACOM Resolutions:
NOTACNCANEH 7-2013: Defines test requirements for Equipment that have at least one Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) interface operating in the bands of 902-928 MHz, 2400-2483,5 MHz and 5725-5850MHz, allocated in accordance to Res. SC 302/1998.
NOTACNCANEH 14-2013: Defines test requirements for Equipment destined for private use that operate in the bands of 902-928 MHz, 2400-2483,5 MHz, 5150-5250 MHz, 5250-5350 MHz, 5470-5600 MHz, 5650-5725 MHz, 5725-5850 MHz
RESOLUTION 82-2015: Defines labeling requirements for products approved in Argentina.
RESOLUTION 404-2015: Defines rules and procedures regarding Safety certification and entities involved in the process.
RESOLUTION 171-2016: Updates requirements defined by Res 508/2015 for certification of low power products in Argentina.
For products that do not require ENACOM approval, the Agency will provide a ‘No Homologation’ letter to have for your records and to avoid any issues with Customs upon importation of the equipment to Argentina.
Manufacturing, importation and commercialization of certain products in Argentina require Safety Approval and Certification in Argentina. Depending on the electrical characteristics if your product, the following safety requirements may apply:
Formula C Certification (S-Mark)
Formula B Certification (High Specialized Equipment)
IRAM Certification (Instituto Argentino de Normalización y Certificación)
Examples of the type of products requiring S-Mark Certificate:
External power supply
Equipment with internal power supplies over 50V
Switches, Sockets and Outlets
Lamps and Related Elements
There are labeling requirements that apply and testing of samples in Argentina may be required.
Current lead time for Safety Certification is 6 Weeks.
Latin America Regulatory Compliance Group will help you navigate thru the regulations to determine what approvals are required on your products.