On 17 March 2014, the Venezuelan Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Electricity published a joint resolution approving the technical regulations on energy efficiency labelling of fluorescent lamps. It provides requirements for energy efficiency labelling and testing for compact, linear and circular fluorescent lamps. The technical regulations shall enter into force on 17 September 2014.
Article 5 prohibits the import, manufacture or marketing of fluorescent lamps that do not meet the energy efficiency requirements and which do not fall within energy efficiency classes A, B or C. To verify compliance with the energy efficiency technical requirements, the following testing standards should be used:
In addition, maximum mercury content limits have been set out, with the mercury content of compact fluorescent lamps not exceeding 5mg and linear and circular fluorescent lamps not exceeding 8mg.
In addition to energy efficiency labelling, fluorescent lamps must also include certain information on the product packaging including: