ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações) is the telecommunications regulating agency in Brazil. Products that connect to the Public Telephone Network such as network routers with E1 WAN ports, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n access points, GSM and CDMA cellular phones, network switches, satellites, Bluetooth, and ZigBee products require ANATEL type approval to commercialize in Brazil.
The ANATEL LABEL approval process requires in-country testing and does not accept outside test reports. Family approval may be possible depending on the characteristics of the equipment. Typically one or two samples are required and LARCG will help with the importation of the equipment to the Lab in Brazil. We handle the entire ANATEL certification process from start-to-finish.
Local representation is required in Brazil and LARCG can provide Cert Holder Service if you don’t have a presence in Brazil.
ANATEL LABEL has marking requirements that apply depending on your equipment, and we will provide the labeling information during the approval process
Some Products Requiring ANATEL Certification:
Wireless Telephones, including DECT systems
Digital Communication Systems
Common ANATEL Resolutions:
ANATEL RESOLUTION 242, 2000: Establishes the rules of the approval process, updated by resolution 662, 2016.
ANATEL RESOLUTION 442, 2006: Approves regulation of the Electromagnetic (EMC) requirements to obtain certification of Telecom equipment.
ANATEL RESOLUTION 506, 2008: RF/Telecom (Functional): Regulates Restricted Radiation Radio Communication equipment.
ANATEL RESOLUTION 533, 2009: Establishes the general technical requirements and specific minimums to be demonstrated in the conformity evaluation for the measurement of the specific absorption rate (SAR)
Current lead time for ANATEL approval is 9 Weeks.
Importation and commercialization of certain products in Brazil require the INMETRO approval. The INMETRO approval is valid for 2 to 6 years, depending on the product, with annual maintenance required for most products. In some cases, an international test report may be accepted.
Examples of the type of products requiring INMETRO approval:
Kitchen and home appliances
Needles and syringes
Electric commercial ovens
There are labeling requirements with INMETRO that may apply depending on the type of equipment.
Latin America Regulatory Compliance Group will help you navigate through the regulations to determine what approvals are required on your products.
Type C plugs are most commonly used in South America, Asia, and Europe (except the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta), and are rated at 2.5 Amps. They operate on AC current at 220 – 240 Volts. Probably the most widely used international plug, CEE 7/16 or Europlug, features two 4 mm round pins measuring 19 mm in length, which are spaced 17.5 mm apart at the tip and 18.6 mm apart from the center point of each pin’s base. 10 mm long insulated sleeves slightly cover the base of the pins; however, they are relatively flexible which allows the plug to mate with any socket that accepts 4.0 – 4.8 mm round contacts on 17.5 – 19 mm centers. As a class II plug, the Europlug is generally limited to applications that require 2.5 amps or less. Note: whereas type C plugs are very commonly used, this is not the case for type C sockets, as these sockets are older and not grounded. Most counties now require grounded sockets to be installed in new buildings; and as such, the sockets have become illegal almost everywhere and they are being replaced by type E, F, J, K or N. To be clear, only the sockets have become illegal; the plugs remain in use.
Type N plugs are almost exclusively found in Brazil; in fact, the type N plug, or NBR 14136, and socket are the official standard in Brazil set forth by the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT). There are two versions of the type N plug: a 10 Amp and 20 Amp version. The prongs of the 10 Amp version measure 4 mm, while the 20 Amp version measures 4.8 mm in diameter. Both versions have pins measuring 19 mm long. Distance from the center of each prong is 19 mm, while center-to-center distance between the earth pin and the middle of the imaginary line connecting the two power pins is 3 mm. Both operate on AC current at 100 – 240 Volts. Note: Due to Brazil’s lack of standard voltage, there exists a level of risk in using appliances that are rated for either 220 Volts and 127 Volts, as there is only one official socket type. Familiarize yourself with the 27 Brazilian Federative units and their respective voltage.