What to look out for when applying for EAC certification

Despite sanctions and political disputes, the Eurasian and especially the Russian market remain attractive for many european manufacturers. The corresponding conformity assessment - EAC certification or EAC declaration - is a major obstacle for many foreign entrepreneurs due to its complexity, language differences and the very dynamic development of technical regulations and legislation in the field of industrial safety and consumer protection.

What to look out for when applying for EAC certification

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation proposed to change the criteria for the inclusion of the EAC certification bodies and testing laboratories in the unified register

On March 4, 2021, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation sent a letter to the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. The letter concerned the revision of the criteria for the inclusion of the EAC certification bodies and testing laboratories in the unified register, Initial criteria were approved by the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1236 of September 21, 2019.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation proposed to change the criteria for the inclusion of the certification bodies and testing laboratories in the unified register

The Council of the Eurasian Economic commission is discussing a project for the formation and introduction of a Register of chemical substances and mixtures, as well as notification of new chemicals

On February 18, 2021, a public discussion began in the Council of the Eurasian Economic Union. The project for the formation and introduction of the Register of chemical substances and mixtures of the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as the notification of new chemicals is on the agenda.

EAC Certificate, Chemicals, TR CU EAEU, TR EAEU 043/2017

Amendments to the registration of EAC certificates and EAC declarations: an overview

Since January 1st, 2021 significant changes apply to the process of registering EAC certificates and EAC declarations. Here are the most important points at one glance.

Since January 1st, 2021 significant changes apply to the process of registering EAC certificates and EAC declarations

EAC certification in times of Covid-19 pandemic

On January 10, 2021, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Council Decision No. 127 of December 23, 2020, approving temporary measures for EAC certification related to the spread of COVID-19, entered into force.

EAC certification in times of Covid-19 pandemic

Who is allowed to register the EAC declaration: Updates

On January 1, 2021, a new procedure for registration of EAC declarations approved by Decision of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade No. 478 of July 31, 2020 came into effect. EAC declarations must be independently registered by applicants through the electronic service FSIS Rosaccreditation.

Declarations are registered by manufacturers, importers, authorized representatives or sellers, i.e. persons responsible for the safety of the declared products.

Amendments planned for the registration of EAC certificates and declarations

On december 8, 2020 a public discussion on two draft decisions of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEC) Board began.
They concern changes in the rules for issuing EAC certificates and declarations.

Amendments planned for the registration of EAC certificates and declarations

End of the VAT reduction

The 3% reduction of VAT to 16% introduced by the German government as part of the economic stimulus package to combat economic damage caused by the Corona crisis will end at the end of this year.

End of the VAT reduction

Transitional provisions for TR EAEU 048/2019 adopted

On 25 November 2020, the decision of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) No. 146 of 17 November 2020 was officially published.

This decision establishes the transitional periods for the entry into force of the technical regulation TR EAEU 048/2019 On the energy efficiency requirements for energy consuming appliances.

Transitional provisions for TR EAEU 048/2019 adopted

Amendments planned in TR CU 007/2011 On the safety of products for children and teenagers

Until November 30, 2020, a public debate on the draft amendments to the technical regulations of the Customs Union TR CU 007/2011 On the safety of products for children and young people will be held.

Amendments in TR CU 007/2011 On the safety of products for children and teenagers planned

Technical regulation on furniture safety to be updated

The technical regulation TR CU 025/2012 On furniture safety is to be updated.

The amendments mainly concern product identification, which has to be carried out by the certification body in the presence of the applicant when an EAC certificate is obtained. The registration of the EAC declaration can be done by the manufacturer /official representative or seller as well as by the test laboratory.

Technical regulation on furniture safety to be updated

Exclusion of many certification bodies from the national register

On November 6, 2020 the fourth meeting of the Interdepartamental Council of National Quality Infrastructure took place.

During the meeting, the question of the possibility of accredited bodies to work in the field of mandatory conformity assessment with the requirements of the legislation of the Eurasian Economic Union was discussed. 17 newly accredited bodies were added to the national part of the single register and 425 accredited bodies confirmed their qualification. 171 accredited bodies have been excluded from the national part of the single register.

Exclusion of many certification bodies from the national register

New standard on production audit to be introduced

From 1 January 2021, a new GOST standard R 54293-2020 "Production audit within the framework of confirmation of conformity", approved by Rosstandart Decision No 583 of 28 August 2020, will come into force.

This standard will replace the old GOST R 54293-2010, which has been in use since 2010.

New standard on production audit to be introduced

New GOST standard for food

The new GOST-standard R 56016-2020 “Conformity assessment. The procedure for the compulsory attestation of product conformity with the requirements of the technical regulations of the Customs Union "On Food Safety” was developed as a replacement for the GOST standard R 56016-2014. This standard is used for the conformity assessment of products according to TR CU 021/2011 on food safety.

 New GOST standard for food

TR CU 017/2011 On safety of light industry products to be updated

On November 16, 2020 a public discussion on the draft update of TR CU 017/2011 " On the safety of light industry products" has started. The regulations must be revised and adapted to the new standards.

TR CU 017/2011 On safety of light industry products to be updated

Russia prepares a new GOST for environmentally friendly toys

The Association of the Children's Goods Industry (AIDT) has initiated a new GOST for environmentally friendly toys. The document is being developed with the participation of experts from Rosstandart and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Russia prepares a new GOST for environmentally friendly toys

Marking with the "Fair Sign”

The distribution of low quality or counterfeit products is a serious problem not only for the consumer, but also for the producer. The analysis of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia confirms that more than 6 million units of counterfeit products have been identified on the russian market since 2018. Without a special system it was difficult to track the movement of such products. Therefore the “Fair Mark” system (Chestnyj ZNAK) was introduced.

The Fair Trade mark serves as proof that a certain product belongs to a certain producer and that the quality of the product is guaranteed.

The list of standards for vehicles has been updated

On October 5, 2020 the decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission no. 118 of September 29, 2020 was published. This decision contains the list of revised norms of the technical regulation TR CU 018/2011 On safety of wheeled vehicles.

The list of standards for vehicles has been updated

Import of samples for testing purposes for EAC certification

We’re often asked, if samples have to be marked with the EAC mark before they’re shipped into the laboratories in Russia.

The answer is no. No proof of conformity is required for samples sent for testing for EAC certification. Therefore no EAC mark is needed. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the samples are subject to a customs declaration in accordance with the generally established procedure.

This means that the samples are not subject to conformity assessment but must be properly declared to customs.

Import of samples for testing purposes for EAC certification

Amendments to EAEU's technical regulation “On safety of chemical products” submitted for discussion

The changes in the Eurasian Economic Union's Technical Regulation TR EAEU 041/2017 “On Safety of Chemical Products” , initiated by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, are intended to specify the scope of the current regulation. The adopted amendments will come into force 180 calendar days after their official publication. The Technical Regulation itself was approved in 2017 and will start functioning in June 2021.

The amendments include the following:

Amendments to EAEU's technical regulation “On safety of chemical products” submitted for discussion

Artisan shoes and fragrance samples excluded from the list of goods liable to compulsory marking

Government Decree No. 1973-p of July 28, 2020 excludes the following types of goods from the list of goods subject to mandatory marking in Russia:

Artisan Shoes and Fragrance Samples Excluded from the List of Goods Liable to Compulsory Marking

TR CU 020/2011, TR CU 004/2011 and TR EAEU 037/2016: the product list is updated

On 22 July 2020, the public discussion on the registration of changes in the list of products subject to conformity assessment started.

TR CU 020/2011, TR CU 004/2011 and TR EAEU 037/2016: the product list is updated

The first standards for floor coverings in Russia have been approved

On 1 March 2021, two new national standards for floor coverings will come into force.

The first standards for floor coverings in Russia has been approved

Changes on TR CU 016/2011 On safety of appliances burning gaseous fuels are planned

The Council of the Eurasian Economic Union has included changes on the technical regulation TR CU 016/2011 On safety of appliances burning gaseous fuels in the plan for the development of technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union.

Changes on TR CU 016/2011 On safety of appliances burning gaseous fuels are planned

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia approved drafts for technical regulation of high voltage equipment

The Ministry of Industry and Trade in Russia approved the drafts for the technical regulation of high voltage equipment. The public discussion on the draft of the technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union (TR EAEU) “On safety of high voltage equipment” has already began on April 24, 2018.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia approved drafts for technical regulation of high voltage equipment

Accreditation body in Russia checks the availability of test reports when issuing an EAC certificate

Since July 3, 2020 the accreditation body in Russia compares number and date of test reports of the accredited certification body with the data in the FGIS system entered by the laboratory. Such data is registered in the register of EAC conformity proofs.

date and number in the test report are checked for conformity

Public discussion on the development of standards for explosion-proof devices

On May 15, 2020 a public discussion on the development of standards that are necessary for the implementation TR CU 012/2011 "On the safety of EX equipment has begun.

Public discussion on the development of standards for explosion-proof devices

Public discussion on revision of GOSTs in TR CU 017/2011 "On safety of light industry products" began

On April 22 a public discussion regarding the changes of GOST standards to ensure compliance with the requirements of TR ZU 017/2011began.

On April 22, 2020 a public discussion on revision of GOSTs in TR CU 017/2011 "On safety of light industry products" began

Modifications in the technical regulation TR CU 009/2011 On safety of perfumes and cosmetic products came into force

On May 6, 2020 the technical regulation TR CU 009/2011 On safety of perfumes and cosmetic products came into force.

The work of the certification bodies and the laboratories shall be resumed

The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation recommended the regions to resume the work of the certification bodies and the laboratories.

The technical regulation on fire safety in Russia will be updated

Russia has prepared a draft regulation, which approves the list of products, which underlie the Technical Regulation on fire safety no. 123-FZ of July 22, 2008.

The technical regulation on fire safety in Russia will be updated

Creation and maintenance of the register of issued EAC certificates and EAC declarations shall be improved

Until May 15, 2020 a draft for regulating creation and maintenance of the register of issued conformity assessments has been discussed in public.

Register of EAC conformity certificates

The changes in the Technical Regulation on oil and fat products are planned

On 18th of December, 2019 was published the official information on the forthcoming start of the public discussion about the draft amendments to TR CU 024/2011 "On oil and fat products" .

The changes in the Technical Regulation on oil and fat products are planned

How can you make changes to the issued EAC-certificate or EAC-declaration?

It is not uncommon for the manufacturer to determine after registering the certificate of conformity - be it an EAC-certificate or an EAC-declaration - that the information in the certificate of conformity must be updated or is not correct. For example: the address of the manufacturer has been changed, the name of the product has been updated, the product series is not specified correctly, no additional production sites of the manufacturer are specified, not all products are listed and so on. Of course, the manufacturer wants to fix these errors.

How can you make changes to the issued EAC certificate or EAC declaration?

New rules for the creation of registration numbers for EAC certificates and EAC declarations

On July 1, 2018, new rules have come into force that concern the creation of registration numbers for EAC declarations in the registers of the Federal Accreditation Service Rosakreditatsia.

Technical Regulation TR EAEU 042/2017 On safety of children's playgrounds

On May 29, 2018 the Eurasian Economic Union has passed new regulations on products that do not only require a customs declaration, but also a conformity assessment with the regulation TR EAEU 042/2017 On safety of children's playgrounds.

Technical Regulation TR EAEU 042/2017 On safety of children's playgrounds

New technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union on fire safety passed

The new technical regulation TR EAEU 043/2017 On requirements for fire safety and extinguishing devices has been passed. It shall enter into force on January 1, 2020 and thereby replace the national regulations. Until 2020, fire safety certificates of the respective country have to be applied for.

TR EAEU 043/2017 On requirements for fire safety and extinguishing devices

The difference between the EAC Certificate and the EAC Declaration

The attestation of conformity according to the requirements of technical regulations and standards of is one of the conditions for the export of products requiring conformity to Russia and other member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan).

The difference between the EAC Certificate and the EAC Declaration

New Technical Regulation TR EAEU 042/2017 On safety of children's playgrounds passed

On May 17, 2017, the new technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union TR EAEU 042/2017 On safety of children's playgrounds has been passed. It contains the binding safety requirements for playground equipment, floor coverings for children's playgrounds, as well as rules for their project planning, assembly, use, transport, and recycling..

TR EAEU 042/2017 On safety of children's playgrounds

More than 70% of Russians trust in GOST certificates

When purchasing goods, the majority of Russians prefers products that refer to the GOST Certification on their packaging. 77% of the population stated so in a survey by the agency WZIOM that was carried out in October 2015.

The Soviet GOST system still remains the most reliable guarantee for high quality in the consciousness of Russians.

More than 70% of Russians trust in GOST certificates