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Improving the efficiency of product safety regulations


Brazil is a major actor in international trade but also a relatively closed economy with complex import procedures. The current product safety regulations mean high costs for companies, consumers and the regulatory authorities.


Since 2019, the Brazilian Government has been working on an innovative approach to improving the efficiency of the country’s product safety regulations. Its aim is to simplify the registration process for an import licence.

Under the German Alliance project, the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) is cooperating with companies and industry associations to implement this new regulatory framework. The aim is to bring down the costs incurred by companies in demonstrating product safety.

The German Alliance project works with the Global Project for Quality Infrastructure – Brazil (GPQI) supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


  • Increasing regulatory efficiency in two sectors with relevance to trade
  • Creating a more favourable trade environment as a result of a new regulatory approach
  • Greater protection for consumers, and lower costs and fewer barriers for manufacturers, as a result of the use of internationally tried and tested practices

Here you can find a video on the project:

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Relation to the Trade Facilitation Agreement

This project contributes towards the implementation of the following article of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation:

  • Article 10.1: Formalities Connected with Importation, Exportation and Transit: Formalities and Documentation Requirements
  • Article 10.3: Formalities Connected with Importation, Exportation and Transit: Use of International Standards
  • Article 10.7: Formalities Connected with Importation, Exportation and Transit: Common Border Procedures and Uniform Documentation Requirements

How to get involved

Do you work for a company with international supply chains? Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the project and the German Alliance.