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Viktor Nazarenko: "Joint work of accreditation bodies and state authorities for control over compliance with mandatory technical regulation requirements will enable strengthening the EAEU market protection from unsafe products"

Viktor Nazarenko: "Joint work of accreditation bodies and state authorities for control over compliance with mandatory technical regulation requirements will enable strengthening the EAEU market protection from unsafe products"

6/26/2020

Prospects for protecting the internal market from unsafe goods with regard to improving accreditation in the field of conformity assessment in the Eurasian Economic Union were considered at the fourth meeting of the Council of Heads of accreditation bodies of the EAEU States attended by Viktor Nazarenko, Minister in charge of Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

 

Special attention was paid to increasing confidence in conformity assessment results and preventing illegitimate issuance of documents in this area.

 

​"We in the Commission regard the tasks of countering the illegitimate issuance or registration of documents assessing the conformity to technical regulation requirements as being of paramount importance," the EEC Minister emphasized.

 

As Viktor Nazarenko has noted, the EEC feels concern about the problem of "grey" certificates in the market. Amid restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, individual conformity assessment bodies of the EAEU countries "manage" to analyze third-country production facilities with a mass issuance of certificates for mass-produced foreign products. The Commission constantly attracts attention of the relevant state bodies of all Union countries, including law enforcement agencies, to the activities performed by such certification authorities. However, no effective measures are being taken on their part.

 

​"Only joint coordinated work of accreditation bodies and authorized state authorities for control (supervision) over compliance with technical regulations will enable detecting and preventing activities of unprincipled certification bodies, testing laboratories and persons authorized by the manufacturer in a timely manner. This will help not only protect the EAEU market from unsafe products, but also ensure the development of national quality infrastructures in the Union countries and increase the product competitiveness in foreign markets," Viktor Nazarenko concluded.

 

The Heads of national accreditation bodies have informed about the work performed in the countries to update national parts of the Union’s unified register of conformity assessment bodies with regard to additional criteria established by Decision No. 100 of the EEC Council dated December 5, 2018 and national legislation.

 

The meeting attendees have discussed the draft work plan of the Heads’ Council for the second half of 2020. It includes, inter alia, elaborating proposals for improving the EAEU countries’ legislation in terms of establishing requirements to accreditation and technical experts, forming accreditation areas for conformity assessment bodies as well as procedures for treating complaints against the accredited persons’ activities.

 

"It is of great importance for the Eurasian Economic Union as an integration association to establish a regional accreditation organization open for accession not only to the EAEU countries, but also to our CIS partners," Viktor Nazarenko stressed.

 

Results of mutual comparative assessments to be conducted by the Member States’ accreditation bodies next year should lay the groundwork for establishing the EAEU regional accreditation organization.

 

An arrangement was reached to accelerate finalizing a common procedure for mutual comparative assessments conducted by the EAEU countries’ accreditation bodies which are tools for improving national accreditation systems and achieving equivalence of accreditation procedures used in the Member States, and to consider it at the next meeting to be held in August this year.

 

The relevant powers of the EEC for approving this procedure have been enshrined in the Protocol on amending the Treaty on the Union signed on December 1, 2019 following the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council; the Protocol is currently undergoing the internal legal procedures.

 

For reference 

The Council of Heads of accreditation bodies of the Eurasian Economic Union Member States was established by Decision No. 5 of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council dated May 14, 2018 as an auxiliary body of the Eurasian Economic Union for developing accreditation in the field of technical regulation as part of implementing the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union. This was a significant event for coordinating countries' efforts to improve the efficiency of national accreditation systems, harmonize requirements to conformity assessment bodies and testing laboratories and prevent the unjustified issuance of conformity assessment documents.

In 2020, the Council of Heads of accreditation bodies of the EAEU States is chaired by Tatyana Nikolaeva, Head of the accreditation body of the Republic of Belarus – Director of the Republican Unitary Enterprise "Belarusian State Centre for Accreditation".