Colombia. The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, together with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, issued Resolution 0634 of June 17, 2022, which establishes that HCFC-123 and its mixtures may not be used in fire extinguishers as of December 2029.
This change occurs within the framework of the development of the Montreal Protocol, which prohibits "the manufacture and import of equipment and products that contain and/or require for their operation or operation the controlled substances in Annexes A, B, C, E and F".
These annexes cover the compounds known as Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are characterized by being highly harmful agents for the ozone layer. Thus, fire protection equipment, such as firefighting products, that are imported and marketed in Colombia, will have to start changing or migrating to more environmentally friendly ones.
Specifically, this change will affect preparations and fillers for extinguishing apparatus containing bromochlorodifluoromethane, bromotrifluoromethane or dibromotetrafluoroethene; grenades and extinguishing pumps, extinguishers even already loaded to date, as well as other preparations and loads for extinguishing devices that may use these inputs.