Brazilian National Standards Organization

The Brazilian Association of Technical Standards, usually rendered in Portuguese as Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT) is a private non-profit organization and the normative body which is responsible for technical standards in Brazil, and intends to promote technological development in the country. Brazilian national standards published by the association are named Norma Brasileira Regulamentadora and abbreviated NBR.

Brazilian National Standards Organization
Formation28 September 1940
PurposeNational standards
HeadquartersRio de Janeiro and São Paulo
Region served
Official language
General director
Ricardo R. Fragoso

ABNT was founded in 1940.[1] It was officially adopted by the Brazilian government in 1962.[2]

It is a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Panamerican Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Asociación Mercosur de Normalización (AMN).

ABNT is the exclusive representative of Brazil in the international organizations ISO and IEC and in the regional entities COPANT and AMN.


  1. "ABNT - Conheça a ABNT" [ABNT - Meet the ABNT] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  2. ""L4150"" [Law No. 4.150 Of 1962-11-26] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-04-16.

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