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NEC® enforcement and use in Latin America

“El NEC®”, as it is commonly referred to in the Spanish-speaking Americas, has been the supporting electrical infrastructure for Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the Andean countries for nearly a century. 

Today, NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, is extensively used throughout the region, and in many countries, the NEC has been federally adopted. NFPA is currently working with both the public and private sectors to develop user-friendly tools and resources to enhance implementation efforts in Puerto Rico, and in the following Latin America countries:

  • Mexico
  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Dominican Republic
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Venezuela
Antonio Macias is NFPA's representative in Latin America. Please e-mail Antonio with any questions about NEC adoptions in Latin America.
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NFPA offers training in Spanish on a variety of its standards including:

  • NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®
  • NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance
  • NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace