The telecommunications regulatory body Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) of Argentina has announced that they will extend expiring certificates due to COVID-19.
In Resolución 326/2020, ENACOM introduced temporary measures to extend the validity of approvals for 60 days, as a result of the impact from the pandemic.
Based on ENACOM Resolution 326/2020 Article 2, the validity of existing certificates expiring between March 16 - May 16, 2020 will automatically be extended for 60 more days. The 60 day extension is based on the expiry date listed on the certificate.
ENACOM has advised that a system will be in place to automatically display the validity extensions of approval certificates and recommends renewing approvals per the current process.
This extension of validity allows interested parties to still aquire their renewals in due time even with slower processing times.
Note, that applications for renewals need to be made in due time, expired certificates cannot be renewed.
The government of Argentina has extended the national lockdown until May 24. The laboratories are accepting samples and testing but on a limited schedule, and ENACOM staff is working remotely. ENACOM is still processing applications however delays are expected with signatures on final certificates.
The Ministry of Productive Development – Ministry of Internal Trade, has published Resolution 119/2020 that states they will postpone market surveillance deadlines of Electrical Safety and Energy Efficiency certificates, due to COVID-19.
This extension applies to certificates expiring between March 20, 2020 – May 31, 2020.
For certificates expiring within that period, the suspension will be effective until June 15, 2020. It is advised that in order to receive the extension, it is mandatory to request and apply for Market Surveillance and once documentation is received, the applicant will be notified if it meets the requirements for the extension.
It is suggested to start the renewal much sooner as all officers are working at home which makes for a low working efficiency.