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:
For alimentary products (starting from 15 February 2015):
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.