INMETRO is the public agency that handles every measurable product or device. INMETRO was created to help the consumers to know that the product had its conformity approved by having an INMETRO seal, which means that the product and its factory passed through a certification process.
Certification process starts by choosing a Certifier Lab (or Certifier Company), with INMETRO Authorization, to evaluate your product conformities. Some of Brazilian Certifier Companies have agreements with Certifier Companies in your country, and that can make things easier during certification process. They will check if your company and products fill some standards, according to INMETRO law that makes sense according to the category of products. Then, the product itself will undergo some tests and if results are satisfactory, your company shall choose a Local Representative Company, because INMETRO requires a Brazilian Company to apply for registration.
Also, that company will be attached to your products in the Conformity Certificate, as the responsible company for the products and its registration. Then, the Certifier Lab (or Certifier Company) will start a process to issue a Conformity Certificate.
The Local Responsible Company must apply for registration, by creating an electronic dossier and a process into INMETRO’s System, which we call Orchestra. An important issue is that the chosen company must fill some standards, specifically about good practices. Every year (and in some categories of products, every semester), the certifying company will apply an audit to the local representative company, to check the rules that applies to Local Representatives Companies.
RAGB has passed through audits and has filled the standards for at least 4 different Certifier Companies along the last 5 years, not having nonconformities. It is important to choose an experienced company to avoid unnecessary waste of time by having nonconformities in the audits, because that can result in extra time before the Conformity Certificate is issued.
Finally, when the certificate is issued, Local Representative company proceed with product registration. Once the product is registered, you can start doing business with your Brazilian costumers. Your company will have to inform the Company ID of the importers, so the Local Representative Company authorizes them to import the products.
In short, your business will need:
Note: RAGB is not a Certifier Company. We can provide Local Representative Services with INMETRO and we will take care of the Registration Process, once the Conformity Certificate is issued.
INMETRO - National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology is the agency that handles all issues regarding measurable products and services, and also products that has to be tested before being sold to the consumer. INMETRO is very important to keep the safety of products in Brazil, and also, to make sure that the product is able to its purpose.
We use to say that Local Representative (or Hosting) is the most attractive business to start an operation in a new country, because you can have a time to see how the market reacts to your products before deciding to the journey of opening a company in Brazil. We call it a journey because it demands time and costs like taking personal documents and waiting for Brazilian government to issue them, choosing a place, paying rent, paying at least one person fees monthly to take care of the company, buying and installing furniture and equipment like computers, desks, chairs, paying government fees related to have Brazilian employees, an accountancy office, there are so many expenses per month that can kill your operation in the beginning, unless you have a good strategy like using Local Representative (or Hosting) services. Before knowing every other strategy to start your operation in Brazil and deciding, you must talk to one of RAGB’s specialists to know more information about Local Representative (Hosting) Services.