Russia changes the certification procedure. On March 14, 2022, Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 353 "On the specifics of licensing activities in the Russian Federation in 2022" came into force. The main changes in the certification procedure that relate to the confirmation of compliance of products to release into circulation in the Russian Federation are listed below:
1. Inspection control can be transferred
Inspection control that was planned for 2022 can be postponed for up to 6 months in agreement with the Certification Body. Inspection control in 2022 can be carried out by factory inspection (including using video conferencing) and (or) testing products.
2. The period of validity of documents on conformity assessment is extended
Conformity assessment documents that expire between March 14, 2022 and September 01, 2022 are automatically extended for 12 months without the need to re-assess the conformity of products or conduct an inspection control procedure for products that are produced and (or) released in circulation only on the territory of the Russian Federation. EAC mark should not be put on such products.
3. Products for which it is not required to provide certificates and declarations of conformity
Clause 4 establishes the types of products for which it is not required to provide documents on conformity assessment and even information about such documents when imported into the territory of the Russian Federation (spare parts, accessories, components, raw materials, etc.).
4. Russia Customs does not require original conformity assessment documents
Confirmation of compliance is carried out by submitting information of documents (number of certificate or declaration) to the Customs Authorities, without providing original documents.
5. It is allowed not to label products with EAC mark
Until March 01, 2023, it is allowed to import products into the Russian Federation without marking with a EAC mark. This applies only to products intended for circulation in the territory of the Russian Federation. In this case, EAC mark should be put on the product before the sale of such products to customers.
6. Certification can be replaced by declaration
Certification and declaration (based on tests carried out by an accredited testing laboratory) can be replaced by declaration based on the applicant's own evidences from March 21, 2022, to September 1, 2022 for a certain list of products imported into the territory of the Russian Federation. Registration of declarations is allowed only on behalf of applicants from the Russian Federation. Such declarations can only be issued for a batch or a single product with a validity period of 6 months from the date of registration.
The list of products for which such a replacement of conformity assessment forms is not applicable will soon be established by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. Until such a list is approved, declarations under the “simplified” scheme can be issued and will be valid until their expiration date.
Products for which a “simplified” declaration is issued are not marked with a single mark of circulation on the EAEU market, and can only be put into circulation on the territory of the Russian Federation.
7. It is allowed to take samples from an already imported batch of products
Sampling for the purposes of certification procedure or declaration of conformity on the basis of evidence obtained with the participation of an accredited laboratory can be carried out from a batch of products that was imported according to a “simplified” declaration of conformity (cl. 6) issued for a batch of products for a period of validity of 6 months.
8. GLNs are optional
Until March 1, 2023, certificates of conformity and declarations of conformity do not have to indicate the GLN, geographical coordinates or other manufacturer's location identifier. The indication of these data is carried out at the choice of the applicant, if possible.
9. Activities of the Authorities bodies on the recognition documents invalid are suspended temporarily
Until September 1, 2022, Rosaccreditation will not carry out work on recognizing documents as invalid.
Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 353 doesn’t cancel the conformity assessment procedure in EAEU countries. This document gives some relief when importing products into the territory of the Russian Federation and about Russia changes in the certification procedure.
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