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El Salvador Establishes Energy Efficiency and Conformity Assessment for AC Motors


On December 19, 2017, El Salvador's Ministry of Economy published Agreement № 1676 to approve Technical Regulation RTS 29.01.01:15. The regulation sets out energy efficiency requirements for alternating current, three-phase, inductive, and squirrel-cage power engines with a power rating of 0.746 at 373 kW. This TR came into force on January 5, 2019.

The Regulation establishes minimum energy values and test methods for evaluation of AC motors with a nominal voltage of up to 600Vls together with the labeling requirements for the products to be manufactured, imported, and marketed within the national territory.

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

  • Name of the manufacturer or importer, logo or registered trademark

  • Model of the product and type of enclosure

  • Frame number or chassis number

  • Country of origin of manufacture

  • Nominal efficiency

  • Rated power (kW) or equivalent

  • Electrical voltage (V)

  • Electric frequency (Hz)

  • The nominal speed of rotation (min-1 or r/min)

The Regulation also establishes the conformity assessment procedure. Prior to customs clearance, importers must show compliance with the Regulation through a mandatory Certificate of Conformity. The certificate is to be issued by a certification body accredited by a signatory member of the MLA (Multilateral Recognition Agreement) and the IAAC (Cooperation Inter-American Accreditation) for product certification and recognized by El Salvador’s National accreditation body (OSA).

The applicant should apply to the National Energy Council (CNE) to register the product and the application should contain the following documents:

  • policy document of origin and an official translation if necessary

  • picture or comparative matrix between the RTS and the policy document of origin to demonstrate equivalence

After receiving the request, the CNE should proceed with the evaluation. If the test methods differ from those established by the CNE, the applicant should include equivalent technical support, etc.

Importers must maintain product certification for a period of three years to make available to the market surveillance authorities and report any changes of status certification to the National Energy Council (CNE). In addition, all information and documentation necessary to demonstrate conformity of the product should be submitted if it is requested by the CNE.

The official document is available here.

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

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