The National Institute of Metrology, Standardization, and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) is a Brazilian federal autarchy, linked to MDIC, the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.
In Brazil, certification bodies must be accredited by INMETRO. Electrical and electronic products that meet Brazilian requirements and that are certified by an INMETRO accredited organization must carry the mandatory INMETRO mark along with the mark of the certification organization, such as UCIEE (União Certificadora para o Controle da Conformidade de Produtos, Processos ou Serviços).
Some main attributions of INMETRO are:
To execute the Brazilian Metrology and Evaluation of Conformity policies;
To verify the observance of the technical and legal requirements related to measurement units and methods and instruments, as well as its application to material products;
To keep the standards of the units of measurement, as well as to implement and keep the chain of traceability of measurement unit standards in the country, to guarantee that they are internally consistent and compatible with equivalent international standards, aiming at, in the primary level, to its universal acceptance and, in the secondary level, to its use as supporting the productive sectors of the economy, with a focus in the quality of goods and services;
To fortify the participation of Brazil in the related Metrology and Evaluation of Conformity international initiatives, and promoting the interchange with international entities and organisms;
To act as CONMETRO Executive Secretariat, providing technical and administrative support to its advisory committees;
To foment the use of quality management methods and techniques in Brazilian companies;
To plan and execute the activities of accreditation (credenciamento) of calibration and essay laboratories, proficiency essay suppliers, and organisms of certification, inspection, training, and other activities necessary to the development of technological services infrastructure in Brazil; and
To co-ordinate, in the scope of SINMETRO, the obligatory and voluntary certification of products, processes, services and the voluntary certification of staff.