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Panama Approves Requirements for Electric Motors

Starting from February 28, 2019, Panama bans import and commercialization of motors that don’t comply with requirements of DGNTI-COPANIT 91:2017.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Panama published the Resolution № 32 in the Official Gazette of February 20, 2018. The document approves the Technical Regulation DGNTI-COPANIT 91:2017 on energy efficiency and labeling requirements of AC three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors.

This Regulation establishes the minimum energy efficiency levels together with the labeling requirements for products which are going to be manufactured, imported, distributed, and marketed within the national territory of Panama.

The requirements are applicable to AC three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors with a nominal power of 0.746 kW to 373 kW, nominal electric voltage up to 600 V, open or closed, with a single rotation frequency, with horizontal or vertical mounting position, and continuous regime within the scope of the Technical Standard DGNTI-COPANIT 512:2017.

The following products are excluded from the application of this regulation:

  • TEAO motors (totally closed with external ventilation)

  • submersible motors

  • water cooled motors

  • design D motors

  • motors designed for exclusive use with frequency variation without line start

  • servomotors

A label must be permanently affixed or mechanically attached to the main body of the product in a visible place and contain the following information:

  • name and brand of the manufacturer

  • country of original manufacturing

  • model of the product and type of enclosure

  • nominal power

  • nominal electric voltage

  • rotation frequency, etc.

The information must be in Spanish or in English.

The Regulation also establishes the conformity assessment procedure. A certificate of conformity can be issued by the General Directorate of Standards and Industrial Technology (DGNTI) or any certification bodies accredited with the National Accreditation Council (CNA).

It should be considered that from February 28, 2019 products that do not comply with the foregoing requirements will be prohibited for sale to end-users in Panama.

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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