In line with the principles of the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 640-XII issued on June 05, 1991 about the protection of consumer rights (repealed on May 18, 2010), the mandatory certification of products entering the Kazakh market was imposed by the Decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 367 issued on April 20, 2005. According to the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 904 issued on July 02, 2001, the area of certification is the responsibility of the National Committee of Standardization, Metrology and Certification at the Ministry of Economy and Trade (Gosstandart of the Republic of Kazakhstan). The Certificate of Compliance is the most important document in the certification system of Kazakhstan. It confirms that certified products meet the requirements of the consumer’s environment, safety, health and property protection. It also states that the goods are certified according to the Kazakh system and fully meet all quality standards in force in that country. The Certificate of Compliance is issued by certification bodies accredited by the state of Kazakhstan. The main evidence of compliance is the protocol of tests implemented in a laboratory authorized for that purpose.
Following the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 603-II issued on November 09, 2004 about Technical Regulation, in 2007, the first Technical Rules were enacted. Therefore during the certification, compliance with applicable requirements of the Technical Regulations should also be verified.
Examples of TR whose additional requirements must be met:
TR No. 277 issued on March 21, 2008 "Requirements and rules for packaging and marking"
TR No. 42 issued on January 23, 2009 "Safety requirements for low voltage equipment"
TR No. 812 issued on August 09, 2010 "Electromagnetic Compatibility"
As an assurance of imported products quality, Kazakh buyers require to sellers the mandatory provision of the certificate of conformity to local regulations. Besides, the terms of payment are often rigidly linked to the presentation of the certificate of conformity, without preliminary check if the product is subject to compulsory certification in Kazakhstan.In case if obtaining certification of compliance is not authorized by the Kazakh legislation, the absence of the certificate of compliance could cause unexpected changes of trade schedule.
To overcome these inappropriate effects, official notification from approved experts can be obtained before the export. This notice is materialized in exemption letter.
Thus the exemption letter is an official document which states that the product is not subject to mandatory certification in Kazakhstan.
Scope and relevant products
Any product intended in Kazakhstan maybeconcerned - these are essentially:
The items whose belonging to the list ofproducts subject to compulsory certification (according to the Decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 367 issued on April 20, 2005) must be verified
Products whose identification according to the Kazakh criteriais ambiguous.
Placing on the market
In order toprove that your products do not require mandatory compliance audit, it is recommended to the manufacturer or its agent to obtain an exemption letter attesting to that fact.
How to get it and applicable procedures
The official request to the Kazakh authorized certification body must be accompanied by the following:
Copy of thedelivery contract in Kazakhstan
List of Product
Description of products
Advice on the identification of your products according to the Kazakh criteria
Compiling the applicationof the exemption letter
Obtaining the exemption letter
Other additional certifications or registrations may be required for consumer goods or equipment. Sometimes, obtaining them is prior to certification GOST K:
Metrologic Certification in accordance with the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan N 53-II issued on June 07, 2000 about the consistency of measurements, etc.
It is possible to certify the compliance with Kazakh regulatory requirements by the Declaration of Compliance. It can be mandatory if provided by the Technical or other relevant Regulations or it can be obtained voluntarily for products which are not subject to mandatory compliance.
Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 640-XII issued on June 05, 1991 about the protection of consumer rights (repealed on May 18, 2010)
Decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 367 issued on April 20, 2005 validating the list of products subject to mandatory certification
Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 904 issued on July 02, 2001 about the Gosstandart of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 603-II issued on November 09, 2004 about Technical Regulation
Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 53-II issued on June 07, 2000 about the consistency of measurements