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Standards and Technical Regulations

All goods and products imported into Mexico must comply with applicable technical regulations and labeling requirements published by the Mexican Government in the Diario Oficial de la Federacion (Official Gazette), the Mexican equivalent of the US Federal Register.

The correct HS classification is extremely important. All technical regulations, standards, duties and other import controls are determined based on the HS code product classification.

US Commercial Service Mexico Specialists provide you with a report of draft and final technical regulations and standards.

Different Types of Standards

Standards can be:

  • Mandatory standards or NOMs
  • Voluntary standards or NMXs
  • When the regulatory authorities are preparing new or updated standards, they also publish the drafts in the Official Gazette, to get the opinion of interested parties

Five different lists are included to assist U.S. exporters, companies, and other parties, interested in:

  • Draft technical regulations (NOMs) that are still in the comment period.
  • Technical regulations (NOMs) that have been published in final form as well as responses to comments on draft technical regulations.
  • Draft standards (NMXs), the comment period of which is still open.
  • Enacted standards (NMXs).
  • Cancelled technical regulations and standards.

The Secretariat of Economy website has an updated list of Mexican standards

Some other organizations like ANCE, NYCE and the Federal Secretariats also publish the standards for their own sectors. Example: All standards for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and medical services and procedures are published by COFEPRIS

Useful Links:

Latest Mexico Standards Report

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