Title: Study of the conformity assessment system for regulated products in the European community and proposed improvements to the Brazilian system of conformity assessment

Authors: Stella Regina Reis Da Costa; Márcia De Barros

Addresses: Department of Food Technology, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Travessa dos Tamoios, nº 40 apto 601, Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, 22230-050, Brasil ' Inmetro, Rua Luiz Barbosa, nº 68 apto 205, Vila Isabel, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, 20560-010, Brasil

Abstract: The conformity assessment takes a prominent role in the modern world of globalised trade. Currently, it is increasingly common for the creation of technical barriers to prevent access of products to markets. The study of the model adopted by the European Union for conformity assessment and comparison with the Brazilian model shows several points in common between them. The Brazilian model, as well as the European, adopted for the conformity assessment, the methodologies and theoretical principles of enshrined in international normative documents. The backbone of the Brazilian does not differ much from the European model. The technical and conceptual bases of the Brazilian system, as well as in the European system, are those established and practiced internationally. The differences lie mainly in the implementation. The study carried out here indicates the need for adjustments to make the Brazilian model more efficient and able to achieve the purposes proposed.

Keywords: conformity assessment; management; product quality; Brazil; regulated products; product regulation; European Union; EU.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOM.2014.064873

International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, 2014 Vol.6 No.3, pp.212 - 226

Available online: 20 Sep 2014 *

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