Fire protection equipment


Basic information


Outline of the system

The Fire Protection Agency (APCI) was created pursuant to Resolution No. 5 of August 2003 of the Minister of the Interior with exclusive responsibility to conduct the certification and homologation, in accordance with the relevant technical requirements, of fire protection equipment manufactured in, imported into and/or marketed in Cuba. The APCI is responsible for organizing and implementing, as appropriate, all activities relating to the evaluation of equipment of this type intended for distribution for use in Cuba. The agency's services activity is rooted in its corporate purpose, as updated in Resolution No. 244 of March 2014 of the Ministry of the Economy and Planning.

This procedure seeks to ascertain that fire protection equipment complies with the technical requirements set forth in the national and international rules in force. To our knowledge, no other country has an import licensing system with this objective, with all the flexibility that such a process requires.


Product coverage

The homologation of fire safety products encompasses all of the theoretical and practical evaluation activities that enable compliance with the fire protection requirements laid down in national and international technical standards to be determined and/or the recognition, on the basis of an evaluation of documentation and/or practical testing, of the certification and/or test report issued by a recognized body.
Products are categorized by specialized function.


A. Electrical equipment.
B. Ventilation equipment, heating equipment, flammable liquids and combustible gases.
C. Fire alarm systems and similar products.
D. Fire protection equipment.
E. Fire barriers.
F. Construction materials.
G. Fire resistance.

An applicant who presents a product that corresponds to one that has already been homologated by the APCI (same producer, brand and characteristics, but a different supplier if the applicant is not the manufacturer) must still demonstrate, by means of documentation, samples, etc., that it is indeed the exact same product. An official certificate will then be issued and the new product recognized and included in the list of homologated and approved products. The period of validity will correspond to that of a new product.

Where the product presented has the same trademark as a product that has already been homologated but was produced in another country, it will be subject to the homologation and approval process in accordance with the corresponding specific characteristics.

List of products subject to homologation and approval and requiring assessment in accordance with their category classification:

Fire resistance

- Floor-ceiling designs - Concrete with cellular steel floor units (S-Deck).
- Floor-ceiling designs - Concrete with steel floor units.
- Floor-ceiling designs - Concrete and steel joists.
- Floor-ceiling designs - Reinforced concrete.
- Floor-ceiling designs - Wood joist assemblies.
- Beam designs for floor-ceiling assemblies.
- Roof-ceiling designs.
- Beam designs for roof-ceiling assemblies.
- Wall and partition designs.
- Column designs.
- Interior wall system designs.
- Exterior wall system designs.

Construction materials

- Air-conditioning systems and components thereof: ducts, filters, connectors, dampers, acoustic material, sealants, adhesives.
- Construction materials: Mineral wool and insulation blankets, laminated wall panels, composite wall panels, floor boards, wall coatings and finishes, floor coatings and finishes, fire-retardant coatings, spray-applied mineral wool, insulation, pipes, cladding materials, doors and gates, fittings and hardware for escape route doors, fire doors and emergency exit doors, fittings and hardware for fire-resistant lift doors, fire-resistant windows, glass blocks. Decorative fabrics for other purposes, decorative false ceilings, etc.

Fire barrier systems and components thereof

- Intumescent paint (primer, undercoat and topcoat) for metal.
- Fire-retardant paints and varnishes (primary stain, varnish finish coat) for wood.
- Fire-resistant mortar.
- Fire-resistant filler.
- Spray-applied mineral wool.
- Ceramic tiles.
- Fire-resistant silicone.
- Fire-resistant clamps.
- Fire-resistant grilles.
- Fire dampers.
- Fire doors.
- Fire-resistant windows.
- Fire-resistant drywall panels.
- Mineral wool panels.

Fire protection equipment

- Portable fire extinguishers: Water, water with additives, foam, gas, powder, etc.
- Manually transportable fire extinguishers: Water, water with additives, foam, gas, powder, etc.
- Automatic fire extinguishers: Water with additives, foam, gas, powder, etc.
- Fire extinguishers: Spare charges, fire extinguisher cabinets, boxes and covers.
- Fire-extinguishing systems with dry extinguishing agents: Powder, etc.
- Fire-extinguishing systems with wet extinguishing agents: Water with additives, potassium acetate and potassium chloride, etc.
- Gaseous fire-extinguishing systems: CO2, argon, nitrogen, FM-200, FE-13, NOVEC 1230, etc.
- Water-mist and water-spray extinguishing systems.
- Low-, medium- and high-expansion foam extinguishing systems.
- Compressed air foam extinguishing systems.
- Fittings, components and spare charges for the above systems. Nozzles and diffusers. Support brackets and fasteners.
- Fire-fighting pumps and pump units.
- Pipes for supply networks and water-based fire protection systems.
- Control instruments and accessories for fire protection systems.
- Hydrants, equipment cabinets, fire hose reels (FHRs), hoses, nozzles, foam generators, proportioners, mixers, monitors.
- Sprinklers, fittings and components for sprinkler systems. Nozzles and diffusers. Support assemblies and fasteners, etc.
- Valves: Check valves for sprinkler systems, non-return, with actuator, etc.
- Personal protective equipment: Jackets, helmets, boots, vests, blankets
- Extinguishing agents.

Fire alarm systems and similar products

- Intruder detection and alarm systems with fire-detection capability.
- Fire detection and alarm system: Conventional, addressable, analogue, extinguishing, gas, etc.
- Remote supervision and monitoring devices.
- Notification and alarm devices: Audible alarms, visual alarms, visual and audible alarms, loudspeakers, other accessories.
- Initiating devices and accessories therefor: Flame, heat, smoke and combined detectors, detector bases, manual pull stations/call points.
- Flame detectors, heat detectors, manual pull stations/call points and other devices for classified zones. Anti-explosion equipment (explosion-proof, intrinsic safety, increased safety, oil-immersion).
- Gas detectors.
- Monitoring devices: Pressure switches, flow switches, position sensors, level sensors, flow sensors, etc.
- Control and activation devices: Relay bases, relay outputs, etc.
- Remote modules: Monitor modules, control modules, isolator modules, etc.
System integration computer programmes.
- Computer programmes for in-system device programming.
- Electrical cables for detection systems.

Electrical equipment

- Electric conductors: Cables, wires, braided wires, strip, etc.
- Conduits and fittings Tubing, cable trays, inspection chambers, covers, seals, etc.
- Emergency lighting and signage: Independent light sources with or without signage, safety decals, pictograms, etc., whether or not photoluminescent.
- Overcurrent protection: Thermal, magnetic, fuses, combined, etc.
- Surge protection: Data surge protectors, AC surge protectors.
- Arc striking devices.
- Passive protection system devices: Franklin lightning rods, Faraday cages, down conductors, electrodes, fasteners, lightning-strike counters, etc.

Nature of licensing



If Automatic, administrative purpose



If Non-Automatic, description of the notified Non-Automatic Licensing regime


Products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports

Licensing is not intended to restrict the quantity of imports; its purpose is to prevent the entry of security technologies of dubious quality which do not meet the requirements for their use and which are incompatible with the systems used in the country, and of materials and substances that pose a fire safety risk.


Questions for products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports

Not applicable.


The system applies to products originating from which country?

The system applies to both domestically produced and imported goods. Imported goods come from any country where they are produced and marketed by suppliers with which Cuba has trade relations.


Expected duration of licensing procedure

Eligibility of applicants


Is there a system of registration of persons or firms permitted to engage in importation?


What persons or firms are eligible to apply for a licence?

Legal persons, such as the importers, producers, marketers and suppliers of such equipment in national territory, as well as the Cuban, joint or foreign enterprises that use the equipment and are authorized to import it for their own use, are eligible to engage in these procedures.


Is there a registration fee?


Is there a published list of authorized importers?

Contact point for information on eligibility



Fire Protection Agency





(+53) 78665725 ext. 207




E-mail address




Contact officer

Director: Yasser Gálvez Castillo

Submission of an application


Administrative body(ies) for submission of an application

Documentation requirements


What information is required in applications?

Applications must be submitted in writing and include a list of products, contact information for the manufacturers, full contact details of the supplier for Cuba, and the full contact details of the certification applicant if other than the supplier.


What documents is the importer required to supply with the application?

The documentation listed hereunder is also required in the context of the application process.

An evaluation requires submission of the following documents, irrespective of the nature or destination of the product:

- technical specifications of the product;
- official certificate issued by a recognized body attesting to the fire protection and safety characteristics and/or rating of the product;
- report on the tests and trials conducted on the product by the aforementioned body, or by an accredited laboratory and the results of which are recognized by the said body;
- physical samples of the product (a minimum of one). In the case of certain products that, for the above reasons, require additional tests or trials, the supplier will be specifically requested to provide the requisite number of samples;
- other supplementary documentation that provides further information on the product and the manufacturer (depending on the product type).

Window of submission of an application


How far in advance of importation must application for a licence be made?

There is no requirement as to how far in advance of the activity accreditation must be requested, but the APCI has 30 working days from the receipt of the application within which to issue its decision, provided that the certification requirements are clearly defined, substantiated and understood. An application for certification by the importing entities is a prerequisite for entering into a purchase contract.


Are there any limitations as to the period of the year during which application for licence can be made? If so, explain

There are no such limitations.

Issuing the license


Can a licence be granted immediately on request?

A licence cannot be granted immediately upon request.


Can licences be obtained within a shorter time-limit or for goods arriving at the port without a licence

There is no requirement as to how far in advance of the activity accreditation must be requested, but the APCI has 30 working days from the receipt of the application within which to issue its decision, provided that the certification requirements are clearly defined, substantiated and understood. An application for certification by the importing entities is a prerequisite for entering into a purchase contract.


Which administrative body is responsible for approving application of licences?

Consideration of applications and granting of certification are effected solely by the Fire Protection Agency of the Ministry of the Interior.


Must the applications be passed on to other organs for visa, note or approval?


Are there any other conditions attached to the issue of a licence?


Fees and other administrative charges


Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?

Certification application costs are established in accordance with the product and its technical characteristics.


What is the amount of the fee or charge?

Certification application costs are established in accordance with the product and its technical characteristics.


Is there any deposit or advance payment required associated with the issue of licences?

Not applicable.


Amount or rate?


Is it refundable?


What is the period of retention?


What is the purpose of this requirement?

Refusal of an application


Under what circumstances may an application for a licence be refused other than failure to meet the ordinary criteria?

An application for registration may be refused where:
- the equipment in question is not fire protection equipment under the criteria referred to above;
- the documentation or samples delivered by the applicant do not satisfy the requirements;
- the equipment is shown to have been subject to fraud or alteration.


Are the reasons for any refusal given to applicants?


Have applicants a right of appeal in the event of refusal to issue a licence?


If so, to what bodies and under what procedures?



Are there any limitations as to the period of year during which importation may be made?

There are no such limitations.


What documents are required upon actual importation?

A valid certificate and the evaluation report for each product imported.


Are there any other administrative procedures, apart from import licensing and similar administrative procedures, required prior to importation?


Conditions of licensing


What is the period of validity of a licence? Can the validity be extended? How?

The period of validity of certificates is as follows:
- Homologated products: 5 years.
- Approved products: 5 years.
- Approved products for exclusive one-time use: without a period of validity.

The holder will receive a renewal notice three months prior to the end of the aforementioned period of validity and the expiry of the certificate. The certificate may be renewed by following a similar procedure as for the initial application.


Is there any penalty for the non-utilization of a licence or a portion of a licence?

No, but the certificate issued only accredits the specific product that was subject to the process and under no circumstances may endorse another product even if it does possess similar characteristics. Inappropriate use of a certificate could result in its withdrawal.

Similarly, a product may also lose its homologated or approved status if, during its period of validity, non-compliant features are detected and make the withdrawal of certification advisable. The certificate issued validates the technical guarantee and endorses the product for use and marketing in the country.


Are licences transferable between importers? If so, are any limitations or conditions attached to such transfer?

Certificates are not transferable between suppliers in the country.

Foreign Exchange


Is foreign exchange automatically provided by the banking authorities for goods to be imported?

Not applicable.


Is a licence required as a condition to obtaining foreign exchange?

Not applicable.


Is foreign exchange always available to cover licences issued?

Not applicable.


What formalities must be fulfilled for obtaining the foreign exchange?

Not applicable.