Brazil Publishes New Ordinance for Metal Cookware

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, reminds suppliers of metal cookware in Brazil that a new ordinance has been published detailing consolidated technical regulations and conformity assessment requirements.

Issued on December 28, 2021, by the Ministry of Economy/National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO), Ordinance No. 499 relates to metal cookware that is only for use in ovens and on stoves. This is clarified in the Ordinance with the following specifications:

  • Cookware to be used in ovens, including baking pans, trays or other metal cookware with a similar function: no more than 75 cm base or diagonal diameter
  • Cookware to be used on stoves, including water baths, casseroles, steam cookers, kettles, popcorn makers, pots, woks, teapots, coffee pots or other cookware with a similar function: no more than 17 L volumetric capacity
  • Cookware to be used on stoves, including grill pans, barbeque grills, crepe pans, frying pans, sandwich makers or other cookware with a similar function: no more than 40 cm base or diagonal diameter
  • Pressure cookers: no more than 30 L volumetric capacity

Cookware not covered in the Ordinance includes larger capacity articles, than those listed above, and those exclusively for hotels, camping and industry, pans made of silicone, electric pans, rechaud-type pans and those that are disposable.

The Ordinance establishes consolidated legislation with:

  • Annex I – quality technical regulations
  • Annex II – conformity assessment requirements
  • Annex III – specifications for conformity identification seals, including those for utensils with non-stick coatings

Suppliers can choose Certification Model 1b (batch test), 2 or 5 for conformity assessment requirements. The certificate of conformity (CoC) for Model 4 or 5 is valid for four years.

Other provisions in the Ordinance include:

  • Cookware exclusively for use in hotels, industry or camping must be properly identified on their labels or packaging
  • Certified metal cookware must be registered with INMETRO
  • Within scope cookware is subject to market surveillance activities by INMETRO and other public enforcement agencies
  • Suppliers must furnish required information within 15 days when requested by INMETRO

The Ordinance also lists the supplementary documents required for conformity assessment. To read highlights of this list, see SGS’s original SafeGuard 012/22.

Ordinance No. 499 repeals Nos. 398/2012, 419/2012 and 21/2016. It entered into force on January 3, 2022, and the provisions will become effective on January 3, 2024.

SGS Food Contact Material Services

SGS’s technical experts have extensive experience of testing materials and articles in contact with food. They can ensure that your products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for compliance. SGS offers the full range of testing, including migration tests, along with expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Food Contact Material Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Brazil Issues Legislation for Metal Cookware SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Dr. Hingwo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel: (+852) 2774 7420



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