On March 15, 2015 the transition period for several Technical regulations of the Customs Union comes to an end. At the same time, the new Customs Union Technical Regulation (CU TR) for a vast group of industrial equipment and products was enforced in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

 

For industrial equipment:

CU TR 004/2011 on safety of low-voltage equipment; date of effectiveness: 15/02/2013

CU TR 010/2011 on safety of machinery and equipment; date of effectiveness: 15/02/2013

CU TR 011/2011 Lift safety; date of effectiveness: 15/02/2013

CU TR 016/2011 on safety of apparatuses working on gaseous fuel; date of effectiveness: 15/02/2013

CU TR 020/2011 Electromagnetic compatibility of technical devices; date of effectiveness: 15/02/2013

For alimentary products (starting from 15 February 2015):

CU TR 021/2011 On safety of foodstuffs

CU TR 022/2011 Foodstuffs with regard to their Marking

CU TR 023/2011 On Juice Products Made of Fruit and Vegetables

CU TR 024/2011 Technical Regulation on Oil-fat Products

CU TR 015/2011 On Safety of Grain

CU TR 029/2011 Safety Requirements for Food Additives, Flavouring Agents and Processing Supplements

CU TR 027/2011 On Safety of Certain Types of Specialized Foodstuffs, Including for Dietary Therapy and Protective Diet"

Previously issued GOST R certificates will be valid until March 15, 2015 regardless of their date of expiry (with exception of some conformity documents that were issued before the Commission of the Customs Union took the decision on the respective technical regulation). After March 15, 2015, the new EAC mark must be used.

How to find out whether you need to obtain a new certificate or not?

Firstly, it is crucial to define which Technical Regulations apply to your products. In order to carry out such an analysis a detailed product description, as well as the Russian customs tariff number, needs to be determined. On the basis of this information it is possible to verify if formerly issued GOST certificates are still valid or if you need to apply for certificates or declarations of conformity according to the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union. The latter case presupposes a rather time-consuming certification process.

There are a number of crucial changes in the CU TR concerning manufacturers of mass-produced goods, for instance:

  • The certification applicant must have a contractual relationship with a Russian representative legal entity. With GOST, this was not required.
  • Mandatory factory audits are from now on performed by a Russian certification body. With GOST, a test lab could do this.