Inmetro’s Updated Legal Metrology Agenda

In an effort to keep pace with technological advancements and meet the demands of both regulated industries and society, the Institute of National Metrology, Quality, and Technology (Inmetro) has issued Ordinance No 147, dated April 16, 2024, to update the Regulatory Agenda for the years 2024 and 2025. This update specifically focuses on the development and enhancement of regulations related to pre-measured products within the Legal Metrology Directorate.

Enhancing Technical Regulations

The Legal Metrology Regulatory Agenda is committed to promoting transparency, predictability, and safety across all sectors, including businesses, laboratories, and citizens. Each regulatory project within the agenda has the potential to reshape existing norms, introduce new requirements, and even revoke outdated legislation that no longer serves the public interest. By doing so, it aims to create a more equitable and collective well-being-oriented regulatory environment.

According to Ana Gleice da Silva Santos, Head of the Division of Articulation and Technical Metrological Regulation (Diart) at Inmetro, in addition to addressing familiar topics such as tachographs and breathalyzers (ethanol meters), the updated agenda will also cover new subjects for the 2024-2025 biennium within the scope of the Legal Metrology Directorate. For instance, it will address emerging issues like electric vehicle charging stations due to the growing fleet of electric vehicles in the country. Clear rules regarding charging procedures are essential for citizens.

Commitment to Quality and Safety

Márcio André Brito, President of Inmetro, emphasized that this update represents a significant step toward ensuring the effectiveness of regulations in Brazil. It aligns with new technologies and market demands while reinforcing Inmetro’s commitment to the quality and safety of products offered to Brazilian consumers.

Key Instruments

  1. Tachograph: A measurement instrument used to monitor a vehicle’s speed, time, and distance traveled.
  2. Breathalyzer (Ethylo-meter): A device that determines the concentration of alcohol in a person’s breath by analyzing exhaled air from their lungs.