German-Brazilian dialogues

Improving the environment for business and trade with quality infrastructure

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Brazil is Germany’s most important trade partner in South America and a strategic partner in the Common Market of the South (Mercado Común del Sur - MERCOSUR). In turn, Germany is Brazil’s most important trade partner in Europe. However, the business environment and regulatory framework in Brazil pose challenges that potentially create barriers to competitiveness and restrict trade.

According to the World Bank, Brazil ranks 124th out of 190 economies on the ease of doing business index. Often referred to as the custo Brasil (the ‘Brazil cost’), such structural burdens include challenges relating to taxation, customs bureaucracy and quality infrastructure.


Within GPQI, Brazil and Germany have engaged in technical and political dialogue on quality infrastructure since 2017. In close dialogue they reduce technical barriers to trade and enhance product safety. The Brazilian Ministry of Economy (Ministério da Economia - ME) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz - BMWK) have set up the Brazilian-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure. The group involves the relevant ministries, regulators, public agencies, accreditation and standards bodies, industry associations and companies.




2022-05-26 , 15:00–17:00 online

The decree n° 10.139/2019  is a substantial milestone in modernising the Brazilian quality infrastructure landscape. It revises and consolidates normative acts. This important work started in 2019, with the initiative of Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro). Inmetro gathered input from conformity assessment bodies, private and public sector actors, other regulatory bodies, as well as national and international specialists, among others.


Inmetro invited GPQI to set up a working group for the process of drafting proposals for revision focused on the electronics and appliances sectors. Moreover, GPQI assisted with coordinating those working groups to revise and consolidate the normative acts surrounding those segments of the industry.


They finalised the debate and finished the consolidation process in March 2022. Inmetro now plans to share its results with the public. They want to directly address those who contributed to developing the revised and consolidated normative acts. Therefore, Inmetro is organising an online transmission of the results gathered from the decree.


It will take place on YouTube, on 26 May 2022, from 15:00 to 17:00 (UTC –3) / 20:00 to 22:00 (CEST).


To participate, please click here. No registration is required.



Franziska Heyerhorst
Head of GPQI Country Component Brazil




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