Paraguay - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade

Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.

Last published date: 2021-09-26

Overview

The standards regime in Paraguay includes obligatory and voluntary standards. Public and private conformity assessment bodies operate in the country.

 The National Institute of Technology, Standardization and Measurement (INTN)  is the government organization in charge of developing Paraguay’s standards regime.

Standards affecting meat and by-products are handled by the National Animal Quality and Health Service (SENACSA) and those affecting agricultural chemicals are handled by the National Seed and Vegetable Quality and Sanitation Service (SENAVE), both bureaus under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

Specific standards relating to health matters and foodstuffs fall under the scope of the Ministry of Public Health, through the National Health Vigilance Directorate (DINAVISA) or the National Institute of Food and Nutrition (INAN).

The Consumer Protection Directorate, under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, controls standards on labeling and marking.  Legislation may be found in the linked reference site for Paraguayan laws.

The listed government institutions all act as conformity assessment bodies in their respective fields.  Private firms acting as conformity assessment companies in Paraguay are SGS, Lloyds, and TÜV.Standards

The Mercosur Standards Association (Asociacion Mercosur de Normalizacion - AMN) is composed of the standards institutes of Mercosur Member States, which work together to establish Mercosur-wide standards.

Asociación Mercosur de Normalización (AMN)

Av. Paulista, 726
10º andar – cj. 1001
CEP: 01310-910
São Paulo – SP – Brasil
Tel: 55 11 3283-5276
Fax: 55 11 3285-6115
Fax: 55 11 3285-2074
secretaria@amn.org.br
https://www.amn.org.br/

  • The following is a list of Paraguayan government bodies responsible for developing domestic standards:
  • National Institute of Technology, Standardization and Measurement (INTN)
  • National Animal Quality and Health Service (SENACSA)
  • National Seed and Vegetable Quality and Sanitation Service (SENAVE)
  • National of Food and Nutrition Institute (INAN)
  • Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Consumer Protection Directorate
  • National Health Vigilance Directorate (DINAVISA)

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Conformity Assessment

A conformity assessment includes all activities needed to demonstrate compliance with specified requirements relating to a technical regulation or voluntary standard.  Conformity assessments can include test and calibration laboratories, product certification bodies, accreditation bodies, inspection and verification units, quality system registrars, and others. 

The following are the main national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.

  • National Institute of Technology, Standardization and Measurement (INTN)
  • National Animal Quality and Health Service (SENACSA)
  • National Seed and Vegetable Quality and Sanitation Service (SENAVE)
  • National of Food and Nutrition Institute (INAN)
  • Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Consumer Protection Directorate
  • National Health Vigilance Directorate (DINAVISA)

Product Certification

Product certification is regulated by the ISO standards.  Paraguay has no mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) with U.S. organizations.

Accreditation

The local accreditation body is the National Accreditation Organism (ONA) under the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).

Publication of Technical Regulations

The National System of Information and Notifications (Sistema Nacional de Informacion y Notificacion Sobre Reglamentos Tecnicos, Normas y Procedimientos de Evaluacion de la Conformidad - SNIN), under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, acts as a data bank for all standards-related matters (e.g. proposals, comments/input, approvals). 

Final regulations are published in the government’s Official Gazette (http://www.gacetaoficial.gov.py/)   Each organization submits final regulations to the Ministry of Foreign Relations, which submits them to the World Trade Organization.

Contact Information

              Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia, Normalizacion y Metrologia (INTN)

              Av. Artigas y Roa

              Asuncion, Paraguay

              Ph:  (595-21) 290266, 290160

              Fx:  (595-21) 290873

              E-mail:  intn@intn.gov.py

              Web:  www.intn.gov.py

 

              Servicio Nacional de Calidad y Salud Animal (SENACSA)

              Ruta Mariscal Estigarribia, Km 10½

              San Lorenzo, Paraguay

              Ph:  (595-21) 501374, 507862

              Fx:  (595-21) 507863

 

              Servicio Nacional de Calidad y Sanidad Vegetal y de Semillas (SENAVE)

              Edificio Planeta I, Piso 15

              Calle Humaitá 145

              Asuncion, Paraguay

              Ph. & Fax:  (595-21) 445769, 441549, 441491

              E-mail:  consultas@senave.gov.py

              Web:  www.senave.gov.py

 

              Instituto Nacional de Alimentación y Nutrición (INAN)

              Av. Santísima Trinidad e Itapua

              Asuncion, Paraguay

              Ph & Fax:  (595-21) 206874

              E-mail:  direccion@inan.gov.py

              Web:  www.inan.gov.py

 

              Dirección General de Defensa del Consumidor

              Ministerio de Industria y Comercio

              Av. Mariscal López 3333, Piso 1

              Asuncion, Paraguay

              Ph: (595-21) 661662

              Fax: (595-21) 616-3058

              E-mail:  consultas@mic.gov.py

              Web:  www.mic.gov.py

 

              Asociación Mercosur de Normalización

              Av. Paulista, 726 - 10º andar - cj. 1001

              CEP 01310-910  Sao Paulo, SP, Brasil

              Ph & Fax:  (55-11) 3283-5276, 3285-6115, 3285-2074

              Web:  www.amn.org.br

    

              Organismo Nacional de Acreditación (ONA)

              Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)

              Calle Prócer M. Molas 122, Piso 1

              Asuncion, Paraguay

              Ph & Fx:  (595-21) 664952, 664953, 665096

              E-mail:  aviveros@conacyt.gov.py

              Web:   www.conacyt.gov.py

 

              Sistema Nacional de Información y Notificación (SNIN)

              Ministerio de Industria y Comercio

              Av. Mariscal Lopez 3333, Piso 1

              Asuncion, Paraguay

              Ph: (595-21) 616-3085, 616-3284, 616-3288

              Fax: (595-21) 616-3084

              E-mail:  aromero@mic.gov.py

              Web:  www.snin.gov.py

                                                                                                                                        

              Gaceta Oficial

              Dirección de Publicaciones Oficiales

              Gabinete Civil de la Presidencia de la Republica

              Av. Stella Maris y Hernandarias

              Asuncion, Paraguay

              Ph:  (595-21) 493-907, 498-311

              Fx:  (595-21) 497-855

              E-mail: info@gacetaoficial.gov.py

             Web:  http://www.gacetaoficial.gov.py/