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Guide to Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM) 019-SCFI-1998: Ensuring the Safety of Data Processing Equipment

Norma Mexicana 019, also known as NOM-019-SCFI-1998, is an Official Mexican Standard that defines safety measures for data processing equipment such as computer mice or printers. This standard ensures data processing products are safe from electrical and mechanical hazards, thus safeguarding consumer well-being.

This article explains the scope and key compliance requirements for NOM-019-SCFI-1998, allowing you to sell your products on the Mexican market with confidence.

For background information, see: What Is NOM Certification for Mexico?


NOM-019-SCFI-1998 applies to data processing equipment and peripherals. It covers:

Electronic Data Processing Machines:

Associated Peripherals:

Communication Equipment:

Source: Section 1 "Objetivo y campo de aplicación" (Objective and Scope of Application)

The products listed are examples and not an exhaustive list. This standard entered into force in 1999 and continues to apply to both new and existing equipment marketed in Mexico.

Exempt Products

Products exempt from the NOM-019-SCFI-1998 include highly specialized equipment designed for professional or industrial use that are managed directly by businesses or institutions.  These products are not covered by the standard due to their complex operational requirements and specialized applications, which are not typically accessible or marketed to the general public.

This exemption applies to advanced computing systems like workstations, scalable servers, supercomputers, and mainframes that require specific expertise to operate and maintain. Also excluded are associated peripherals such as high-capacity printers and large-format scanners, as well as specialized communication devices capable of handling high data bus speeds, modular configurations, and programmable functions.

Other exclusions include:

Key Requirements of NOM-019

NOM-019-SCFI-1998 outlines several essential requirements that data processing equipment must meet in order to comply. Here is an overview

Safety Testing and Certification

Specific Safety Standards

Note: The following are examples of safety standards covered in NOM-019, but this is not an exhaustive list.

Product Marking

By meeting the detailed safety, electromagnetic compatibility, and product marking criteria outlined in NOM-019-SCFI-1998, you can legally market your products for sale in Mexico.

Ensure Compliance with QIMA-NYCE

QIMA-NYCE is your trusted partner in third-party conformity assessment for Mexico. With NYCE's extensive experience and authority in Mexico, we are uniquely positioned to certify your products' compliance with Norma Mexicana 019 and other relevant NOMs.

We guide you through laboratory testing, document review, and the issuance of NOM certification marks once compliance is confirmed, helping you sell your products legally in Mexico.

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