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How to entry into the Colombian market with accredited type approval certification with the help of WWBridge.

Entry into the Colombian market with accredited type approval certification with the help of WWBridge.


Local regulations can pose challenges for companies looking to export their new products to Colombia. Most of the products entering the Colombian markets must meet the country's requirements. Local laws and regulations regarding products are usually enacted to ensure that products and services are safe, of good quality and meet the needs of consumers.

Why do you need to be certified?

Many types of product are regulated by the Government of Colombia through a Mandatory Technical Regulation. The minimum standards required by the Safety and, in some cases, functionality Regulations must be met. It also gives you the confidence that you have a safe product that is safe for the environment and meets the minimum standards for import and marketing in Colombia.

When to get certified?

Certification is mandatory for imports in the case of products manufactured outside the country. For commercialization in the case of imported products and in the case of products produced in Colombia. Before you start importing or manufacturing, you need to study these standards and apply them to the certification process.

WWBridge can help with obtaining need certificates according to technical regulations established by the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MINMINAS).

Safety Approvals Certification:

  • RETIE
  • RETIQ
  • RETILAP

Telecom Approval Certification:

  • CRC Type

RETIE

 is the Technical Regulation of Electrical Installations and was created by Decree 18039 of 2004, of the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Its main objective is to establish measures that guarantee the safety of people, animal and plant life, and the preservation of the environment, preventing, minimizing or eliminating electrical risks.

Products requiring RETIE approval include:

  • Elevators
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Jacuzzis
  • Switchgears,
  • Motors,
  • Relays,
  • Plugs,
  • Socket-outlets,
  • Cables,
  • Transformers,
  • Hardware and others

RETIQ

is the Technical Regulations for labeling end-use electrical and fuel gas equipment.

Products requiring RETIQ approval include:

  • Electric Motors,
  • Refrigeration appliances,
  • Air Conditioners,
  • Gas Cooking Appliances,
  • Washing Machines,
  • Water Heaters

RETILAP 

is the Technical regulations for lighting and street lighting.

Products requiring RETILAP approval include:

  • Lighting Products

RETIE, RETIQ and RETILAP Approvals can be achieved in accordance with four optional certification schemes (based on ISO/IEC 17067 standard):

  • Scheme Type 1a: Type testing (valid for the tested product only).
  • Scheme Type 1b: Type testing (product sample from a production batch)
  • Scheme Type 4: Type testing (product sample), factory inspection and surveillance (periodical testing and factory inspection)
  • Scheme Type 5: Type testing (product sample), management system audit (production process) and surveillance (periodical testing and audit)

WWBridge can offer three certification schemes that are related to the validity of certificates:

  • Certification Scheme 1b: valid for the lot (undefined)
  • Certification Scheme 4: 1 year
  • Certification Scheme 5: 3 years

CRC Type Approval

CRC (Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones - Telecommunications Regulatory Commission) is a regulatory body that promotes competition and regulates the market for telecommunications networks and services in Colombia. It is a special administrative unit with administrative, technical and property independence, without legal status under the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications .

Products requiring CRC Type Approval:

  • Most satellite equipment and all cellular products (voice and data) and devices that connect to the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network)

WWBridge provide services for manufacturers with expert support and guidance on the marking requirements and procedures. We are up-to-date with the latest guidance and standards and we can guide you through the entire process in a few steps.

How to get Colombian Safety Approvals Certification for your business?

Planning

Determine all the necessary product information provided by the manufacturer, contact the manager of WWBridge and, if necessary, make an appointment.

Offer


Fill in the requested information in the formats provided by our sales manager. Include a list of references to be certified and the number, as well as technical sheets. If the manufacturer has a management system certificate, it must also be attached.

Decision

Choosing WWBridge is a sign of trust in our 10 years of experience, a symbol of your organization's unwavering commitment to excellence, sustainability and reliability.

Resolution performance

Perform the certification together with the auditor. Our auditors have extensive knowledge of specific industries, local regulations, and markets, enabling them to offer solutions that meet your needs.

Looking for more information to get Colombian approval documents? Feel free to contact us through e-mail: [email protected], or call +7 (495) 787-87-70.



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F.A.Q.

Is the local representative company required for handling the EAC certification?
In accordance with the Customs Union legislation, a foreign manufacturer must have a Local representative company (an Applicant) on the territory of the Customs Union (CU) to issue the certificate/declaration. This means that an Applicant for you can be your customer, distributor or official representative company in CU. WorldWideBridge LLC will be mentioned on certificate/declaration as a local representative. 
What does Annual maintenance inspection assume?
Each serially producing product that requires Certificate of conformity is subjected to Annual Maintenance Inspection (or so-called Inspection control) in case of applying for more than 1-year certificate. It assumes that certification body which issued the CoC needs to confirm that the product is still produced at the same quality. It can be done through the re-testing or reviewing of Quality Management System documents. In some cases, the certification body can initiate a production site audits during AMI.
What does the cost of certification services depend on? Is there any price list?
The cost of certification services depends on the type of the required approval document and technical characteristics of the product itself that influences the scope of tests that are to be conducted. We have no price-list because used to work with a wide range of certification bodies, testing laboratories, and other specialized state institutions (Federal Security Service (FSS) licensing center, Radiofrequency center (RFC), Rostekhnadzor, Roszdravnadzor, etc.)And this means that the price can vary depending on product specification and certain certification body's pricing policy. If we are talking about the product specification, then the cost can be affected by the number of models, differences in applied models, the number of communication standards used (for radio products), the number of declared protective properties (for PPE), metrology characteristics ( for measuring devices) and so on. Each product is unique, each request must be carefully calculated to determine the type of document, the amount of testing, the most optimal certification scheme, the number of test reports, etc. Also, it is important to note that CU certification bodies have a certain accreditation (product range they can approve). So, in case of big projects that include different products for certification we should apply to several different authorities. Each of those has individual pricing policies due to their testing facilities. This fact can significantly affect the pricing and process. Our goal is to provide accurate consulting services in a specific case. Therefore, we are happy to evaluate the client's application, which contains the name and description of the product and the HS code (Customs code).
What is the EAC mark and when should it be applied?
EAC mark is an approval sign for products that are needed to be imported to the Customs Union (CU). This mark gives the opportunity to enter the markets of Russia, Belarus, Kazakstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, distribute products throughout the entire territory of these countries, and extend your audience to almost 200 millions of people. EAC mark can be obtained only after the certification procedure according to the Technical Regulations of the Customs union is finished. ЕАС abbreviation stands for “Eurasian Conformity”. The unified mark is applied to each unit of production, packaging or accompanying documentation. The image of the unified mark has to be one colour and contrast with the surface colour on which it is applied. The place of application of the unified mark on the product, packaging and documentation is established in technical regulations of the Customs union.
Can the production site audit be replaced by CIG report?
The production site audit can be required in case the product requires the Certificate of conformity to the Technical Regulation of the Customs union. A lot of our clients are interested whether the production audit can be replaced by CIG report that use to be issued by most European producers. Customs union approval procedure does not assume replacing of the audit by providing CIG report because the expert from certification authority is obliged to check the QMS personally according to our law.
How is determine whether the Declaration of conformity or Certificate of conformity is required?
The necessary form of the approval document depends on the product description and HS code (Customs code). In each technical regulations of the Customs union, there is the List which determines whether Certificate of conformity or Declaration of conformity is required for certain product according to its HS Code and application field. In some cases, technical parameters must be also taken into consideration (for pressure equipment, PPE products, etc.).
What is required to import the samples for tests?
The samples can be imported for test only after all the preparations. Firstly, we should prepare the application for the certification and confirm it with the client.  On the second stage, the client s preparing the invoice for samples delivery that is needed to be sent to us for the check.  When the samples arrived at the customs clearance office the receiver prepare all the necessary documents confirming the import purpose and pay all the required fees to the government.  Import fees depend on the announced product price according to the shipping invoice. Products that are valued less than 200 EUR are free from such fees.  The final stage assumes the registration of the cargo declaration that confirms that the samples passed the customs clearance and can be used on for certification.
How can the EAC approval documents be prolonged after the expiration date?
Customs union certification system does not assume the prolongation procedure. This means that the certification process must be repeated including tests, production site audit if required. After all the procedures are done you will receive a new approval document. 
Is there an open register where the issued EAC approval document can be checked?
Almost all approval documents are to be registered in the open registers. Here you can refer to some of them: the Registered EAC Certificates of Conformity ,  the Registered EAC Declarations of Conformity , the registered State Registration Certificates , FFS Notifications (encrypted means) register.  If you need additional information please apply to [email protected]

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