Russian Market: Act now to gain competitive advantages
Since July 2018, the Russian Federation Government has issued a number of decrees relating to the country’s product certification system. According to these decrees, a new product certification model and strict Government Controls have been established. The new rules came into force straightaway and apply to all types of product destined for the Russian market. These changes place greater responsibility on manufacturers and increase the legal liability of Russian applicants, at the same time as delivering better consumer protection.
BACKGROUND OF CERTIFICATION
Russia is a strong and lucrative market for European enterprises looking east. However, alongside the economic potential of this market there comes an array of bureaucratic hurdles. To distribute and sell products within the Customs Union*, producers must submit products to mandatory testing and conformity assessment, and all compliant goods must display the Eurasian Conformity (EAC) Mark before achieving customs clearance.
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES AND THEIR IMPACTS
Major changes in Russian Law were introduced in July 2018. There are three main aspects regarding certification for Russian Market that you need to be aware of:
The Russian applicant for certification is now fully liable for ensuring that the documents are in compliance with the Russian Regulation. Otherwise, they will be fined
In the past, Russian customers used to obtain certification themselves. From July 2018, the applicant will be fined, with high penalties, in the event of non-compliance with the revised legal procedure.
Correct testing procedure before issuance of certification
Previously, Russian applicants were more concerned with the certificate, rather than whether the correct testing had been completed. Historically, in a majority of cases, it was identified that products were not subject to the correct testing. From now on, all illegal activities by laboratories and certification agencies will be prosecuted. To support this, a continuous Government Control has been established, resulting in the recall of accreditation of about 80% of Russian laboratories in recent months. A number of Certification Bodies have also lost their accreditation and can no longer perform certification.
Real samples for testing must be sent to Russia and be registered in the customs system
It is mandatory to get customs clearance of samples before commencing the testing procedure. Testing laboratories accredited in the Customs Union can conduct testing only if evidence of a sample’s clearance is available. Certification Bodies must also have the Registration Number of samples’ clearance for all related certificates. Moreover, test reports must be uploaded in the customs system before issuance of certificates.
HOW TO OBTAIN PRODUCT CERTIFICATION
The new regulation is essentially based on creating transparency in the whole certification system. The main reason for changing the rules was to make producers responsible for testing their own products and remove these activities from Russian importers. Documents will be checked at customs clearance more carefully.
Increased liability for applicants has had significant impact on the certification market. The remaining laboratories are overwhelmed with an increased workload, which has led to longer processing times. Although the adoption of new product conformity assessment systems has no impact on the validity of approvals already issued, importers are not happy using old certificates. A lot of producers are now being forced to postpone the export of goods to the Customs Union due to a lack of up to date certificates. Companies that have already obtained certification under the new scheme now have a clear competitive advantage.
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WHY CHOOSE SGS?
Partner with SGS your strong partner for certification and to bring your products to Customs Unions market with confidence. SGS has many years of experience exporting goods to the Russian market and our expertise in compliance management will ensure the necessary testing and certification services are conducted professionally and efficiently.
We strive to deliver outstanding quality by providing a one-stop service that includes:
Professional technical and testing consultancy
Legal certification procedure including all the steps required by law
Service of Representative* within the Customs Union
Key account management (KAM)
Complimentary sample collection and report delivery services
- Seminars and in-house training
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