EAC Certification of Vehicles

The EAC certification and approval of truck and passenger cars in Russia and the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union is aimed at reliably ensuring the protection of life and health as well as the protection of the environment in the EAEU countries within the framework of the technical regulation TR CU 018/2011 On safety of wheeled vehicles.

This EAC vehicle type permit allows the import and registration of transport equipment on wheels on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Eurasian Economic Union (in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan). The conformity assessment and the issuing of vehicle type approvals and EAC certificates in the field of vehicle safety are carried out by notified bodies accredited in the Eurasian Economic Union. The Federal Office for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) is responsible for accreditation in Russia.

Legal framework

On January 1, 2015, the new technical regulation TR CU 018/2011 On safety of wheeled vehicles (adopted by the Commission of the Customs Union № 877 of December 9, 2011) entered into force.

The Technical Regulations TR CU 018/2011 of the Customs Union On safety of wheeled vehicles sets the requirements for the safety of motor vehicles on wheels (e.g. trucks and passenger cars) before the placing on the market and putting into operation on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union, and the requirements for the EAC marking or ECE marking.

Until July 1, 2016, the national conformity certificates shall be accepted for import into the countries of the Customs Union. From July 1, 2016 onwards, the technical regulation TR CU 018/2011 On safety of wheeled vehicles will substitute the national regulations such as GOST or Russian TR.

Conformity assessment for vehicles:

In accordance with the technical regulation TR CU 018/2011 On safety of wheeled vehicles, there are four types of certificates that prove conformity assessment with the safety requirements of the technical regulations.

Vehicle Type Approval – OTTS

This certificate is an important proof of the safety of new and series-produced vehicles imported in the territory of the Russian Federation and the Eurasian Economic Union.
The vehicle type approval (OTTS) shall be used as the basis for the import and release for the free circulation of motor vehicles into the territory of Russia, as well as for further sale and registration with the traffic police.

Chassis Type Approval - OTSсh

This certificate is similar to OTTS and is intended for series-produced vehicles which are not equipped with engines.

Individual operating permit for vehicles - OBTS

This certificate is intended for individually manufactured vehicles or for modernized vehicles which have either been manufactured in the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union or have been imported into the territory of the EAEU. This certificate is also valid for used vehicles imported for a personal use, which have been in operation for more than three years outside EAEU.

EAC Certification or EAC Declaration

There are two types: EAC Certificate or EAC Declaration that prove conformity assessment for safety-relevant parts of vehicles.

Area of use

The vehicle type approval, OTTS, or the chassis type approval, OTSсh, can be issued for the following vehicle types:

  • trucks
  • cars
  • buses
  • trailers and semitrailers
  • special vehicles
  • motorcycles, mopeds, quadracycles

Vehicle that are not subject for conformity assessment according to TR CU 018/2011:

  • motor vehicles with a maximum speed of up to 25 km/h
  • motor vehicles intended exclusively for sports competitions
  • cars and motorbikes older than 30 years
  • trucks and buses older than 50 years
  • temporary imports not longer than 6 months
  • off-road and heavy commercial vehicles
  • vehicles owned by refugees
  • diplomat vehicles

Required documents

Technischen Unterlagen für die EAC Zertifizierung: Technischer Pass, Bedienungsanleitung, Sicherheitsbetrachtung, Druckbehälterpass nach TR ZU
In order to request a certificate of conformity, one should provide the documents which enable the identification of a vehicle and make it possible to check compliance with the technical requirements of TR CU 018/2011, as well as information on the quality management system of the vehicle manufacturer. A list of the necessary documents can be found in Annex 12 to the technical regulation TR CU 018/2011.

The following documents are required to apply for the Vehicle Type Approval - OTTS:

  • general technical vehicle description and drawings
  • a list of safety-related components (lighting, sound reinforcement, safety belts, glass panes, mirrors, tires)
  • certificates of conformity concerning specific technical requirements
  • test reports
  • ISO 9001 certificates of the manufacturer
  • operation manual

Process of conformity assessment

The conformity assessment of vehicles and their components for compliance with the requirements of the TR CU 018/2011 can be carried out in the form of declaration or certification. There are a total of 11 different conformity assessment modules comprising the following steps:

  • analysis of the technical documentation
  • conduction of examinations
  • analysis of production
  • check of the quality management system
  • labelling of products with the EAC marking
  • control of certified products and quality management system

After issuing the OTTS certificate, the data on the issued certificate will be entered in the uniform state register ROSSSTANDART.

The conformity certificates for serial production according to TR CU 018/2011 are valid for a maximum four years.

Authorized representative

Bevollmächtigter VertreterThe manufacturer, which is not established in one of the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union, is not entitled to apply for the conformity of vehicles with the requirements of TR CU 018/2011 On safety of wheeled vehicles.

In order to get the conformity certificate, the foreign manufacturer must appoint an authorized representative in one of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union. He represents the interests in the certifying bodies of the Eurasian Economic Union regarding the safety and quality of products and compliance with technical regulations.

In accordance with applicable law and in accordance with the technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union, only an entrepreneur residing in the territory of the Customs Union may be designated as an authorized representative.

Labelling requirement

Every vehicle or component which conformity with the requirements of the technical regulations TR ZU 018/2011 On safety of wheeled vehicle has been confirmed and for which type approval has been granted, an international approval mark shall be provided with ECE approval marking. The marking consists of a circle bearing the letter "E", the country code and the vehicle type-approval number.
The ECE marking is equivalent to the EAC one. This makes the marking of components with the EAC marking unnecessary.

TR ZU 018/2011 Über die Sicherheit von Transportmittel auf Rädern

Terms and costs of conformity assessment for the vehicles

The application for a conformity assessment for vehicles and a safety-related component is a complex process, the costs of which are dependent on numerous factors.

Delivery of documents

When ordering an OTTS vehicle type approval, you will receive a copy of your certificate of conformity by e-mail as soon as the certification procedure has been successfully completed. In just a few days, the original or certified copies will be sent to you by post.

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The EAC certificate of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is an official document, that proofs the conformity of the products with the harmonized technical regulations of the member states of the EAEU. The products, whose conformity with the technical regulations could be confirmed by the certificate of the EAEU, may be moved and sold in the whole customs area of the member states of the EAEU.

The EAC Declaration of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is an official document that proofs, that the products meet the minimum requirements of the technical regulations of the EAEU. An EAC declaration is issued by the manufacturer, importer or an authorized representative and listed in the official register. Those products, whose conformity with the technical regulations are confirmed by the declaration, have the permission to be freely moved and sold in the whole customs territory of the member states of the EAEU.

The EAC certificate can only be issued after a quality assessment, which has to be carried out by a certification body accredited in one of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union. The certification is conducted on the basis of technical documentations, company-internal created test reports, or rather test reports provided by accredited test laboratories, as well as on basis of a manufacturing audit on site. The certificate is printed on an official pre-printed form, which has several forgery-proof elements and is authenticated by the signature and seal of an accredited body. The EAC certificate is usually issued for “complex” products that require an extensive control by the authorities.

With the EAC Declaration the manufacturer, importer or authorized representative declares the conformity of his products with the minimum requirements of the technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). As distinguished from the EAC certificate, the EAC declaration is issued by the manufacturer or importer himself. All necessary tests and analysis are or made by the manufacturer or in some cases by the laboratory. The applicant issues the EAC declaration himself on a usual piece of paper. The EAC declaration has to be listed in the uniform register of the EAEU by an accredited certification body of one of the member states of the EAEU.

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