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Panama Market Access Guide for Electrical and R&TT Products

The general regulatory framework applicable for electrical and electronic products entering the Panama market is based on the Energy Efficiency and Telecom Approvals.

Energy Efficiency Approval

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI) through the General Directorate on Standards and Industrial Technology (DGNTI) is a National Standardization Body responsible for the issuing of the technical standards, norms and regulations, conformity assessment, quality certification. and metrology.

Conformity Assessment in Panama is conducted by the General Directorate on Standards and Industrial Technology (DGNTI). The DGNTI is the only organization authorized to issue conformity assessments related to products. Once the conformity assessments have been conducted, the DGNTI will issue a conformity assessment certificate.

A series of technical norms and/or regulations on energy efficiency for all equipment are to be issued by the DGNTI in consultation with the National Energy Secretariat (SNE).

The SNE is a governmental entity ascribed to the Ministry of the Presidency.

Energy Efficiency Approval applies to:

  • Air Conditioners

  • Refrigerators and Freezers

  • Induction Motors

On November 30, 2017, the Panamanian Ministry of Commerce and Industry approved four Resolutions which contain Technical Regulations on energy efficiency and labeling of air conditioners of Inverter, Split, Window, and Central types.

The Technical Regulations outline the minimum level of energy efficiency for air conditioners and establish the assessment procedure for evaluating the conformity of air conditioners. These Regulations also establish the labeling requirements for the products to be manufactured, imported, and marketed within the national territory.

Examples of the label:

Ductless, Split Type Split Type, free Room-Type air Central, Packaged

air conditioners discharge air conditioners, with or Split air

conditioners or without heating, conditioners

without open-air with air-cooled

ducts condenser and with

capacity up to of

10,600 W

From June 30, 2019, air conditioners of the Inverter, Split, Window, and Central types that don’t comply with the following requirements, will be banned from import and commercialization in Panama. From December 30, 2019, products that do not comply with the foregoing requirements will be prohibited for sale to end-users in Panama.

On February 20, 2018, the Panamanian Ministry of Commerce and Industry adopted Resolution № 31 which approves Technical Regulation DGNTI-COPANIT 105:2017 on energy efficiency and labeling of refrigerators and freezers.

This Regulation establishes the minimum energy efficiency levels of domestic refrigerators and freezers together with the labeling requirements and requires compliance with the minimum Energy Efficiency Indexes contained in the above-mentioned Technical Standard. The products must also have a certificate of conformity, which can be issued by the General Directorate of Standards and Industrial Technology (DGNTI) or any certification body accredited with the National Accreditation Council (CNA).

Example of the label:

From June 30, 2019, refrigerators and freezers that don’t comply with the following requirements, will be banned from import and commercialization in Panama. From December 30, 2019, products that do not comply with the foregoing requirements will be prohibited for sale to end-users in Panama.

On February 20, 2018, The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Panama published the Resolution № 32 in the Official Gazette. 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 that the products must meet to be manufactured, imported, distributed, and marketed within the national territory.

It applies to 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 the 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

The label must be permanently affixed to the main body of the product, in a visible place, containing the information listed in Regulation and should include the country of origin.

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 body accredited with the National Accreditation Council (CNA).

From June 30, 2019 motors that don’t comply with requirements of DGNTI-COPANIT 91:2017 and DGNTI-COPANIT 512:2017, will be banned from import and commercialization in Panama. From December 30, 2019 products that do not comply with foregoing requirements will be prohibited for sale to end-users in Panama.

Telecommunication Approval sets the mandatory approval requirements (homologation) for the products that utilize Radio Frequency technology to be imported and commercialized in Panama.

Prior to import or sell, the products covered by the Regulation must show the compliance through a Certificate of Homologation or No-Homologation letter issued by the National Public Services Authority (ASEP), the telecommunications regulating agency in Panama. The certificate of homologation does not authorize the use of frequencies of the radio spectrum.

Types of products that require ASEP Approval:

  • Transceivers

  • Personal Trackers

  • Wireless Microphones

  • Mobile Phones

  • RFID equipment

  • Radio Alarms, etc.

Homologation process is mandatory and applies to importers, manufacturers or sellers of wireless telecommunication equipment.

To obtain homologation, the applicant must submit the application for approval to ASEP with the required documents attached. The procedure of homologation goes through the “online” platform for submission of applications - the Administration System of Telecommunications (Sistema de Administración de las Telecomunicaciones - SATEL).

Conclusion: The electrical and R&TT products can be put to the market of Panama only if they comply with all applicable Technical Regulations. The compliance deadline for air conditioners equipment, refrigerators, freezers, and induction motors to meet the minimum energy efficiency levels and energy efficiency labeling requirements is extended. The foregoing products must comply with established requirements from June 30, 2019.

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

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