Cement: New Regulations to Apply in March 2020

The new technical regulation for cement in Panama, which was scheduled to come into force on December 3, will be applicable as of March next year.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

One of the new aspects of the regulation is that it requires national and importing cement companies to process a certificate of conformity and a civil liability policy for each lot to be marketed.

From the Ministry of Trade and Industry's statement:

MICI 18-12-2019.  The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI) informs that from March 3, 2020 the new provisions established in the technical regulation 90-2019 DGNTI COMPANIT, regarding conformity assessment for the marketing of cement, will come into force.
The entry into force of this new regulation was contemplated for last Tuesday, December 3, 2019, after the publication on August 2 in the Official Journal of Resolution 70 of July 15, 2019 that formalizes the Technical Regulation DGNTI COPANIT 90-2019 Conformity Assessment for the Marketing of Cement.  In the aforementioned regulation, in its second article, it indicates that a period of four months was granted for the application of the aforementioned technical regulation.

The national director of Industries and Business Development of the MICI, Francisco Mola, explained that the reasons for the postponement are mainly because the laboratories of the Technological University of Panama (UTP), which must carry out the tests in this area, are closed during December.

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