Delayed Date for the Release of New Safety Requirements for Electronic Devices

The Secretariat of Economy of Mexico announces the delay of the implementation date of NOM-001-SCFI-2018, on the safety requirements and test methods for electronic devices.

NOM-001-SCFI-2018 is the new standard replacing NOM-001-SCFI-1993 and was originally slated to enter into force on June 15th, 2020. This date has officially been delayed to August 14, 2020.

This Official Mexican Standard applies to the following electronic equipment and its accessories:

  • Electronic equipment that is manufactured, imported, marketed, distributed, or leased in Mexico, with the central objective of preventing risks to consumers and their assets.
  • Apparatus that use electricity from the public service for their power supply, with single-phase supply voltages up to 277 VAC at 60 Hz and / or three-phase voltages up to 480 VAC between lines at 60 Hz.
  • Apparatus that use other supplies as an energy sources, such as cells, batteries, accumulators, self-generation and alternative power sources up to 500 VDC
  • New, second-line, discontinued, rebuilt, reconditioned, used or second-hand electronic equipment.

The requirements set out in this standard is based on the following principles of safety:

  • Protection against electric shock
  • Protection against mechanical hazards
  • Protection against optical radiation
  • Protection against fires
  • Protection against thermal effects
  • Protection against biological and chemical effects

It is important to note that all testing methods will be destructive (mainly to electronic components) so multiple samples are required. Additionally, the standard only permits devices operating 60 Hz only and not 50 or 60 Hz.

If a device is covered under both this standard as well as NOM-019-SCFI-1998, testing will be required to be performed under both requirements.

For information regarding this standard and products covered, please refer to this post.

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