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Viktor Nazarenko: "The EAEU requires comprehensive measures for developing interstate standardization"

Viktor Nazarenko: "The EAEU requires comprehensive measures for developing interstate standardization"

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6/18/2020

An urgent need has emerged to coordinate the participation of the Eurasian Economic Union countries in interstate standardization and establishing clear-cut rules for forming a modern framework of standards, primarily to meet common mandatory requirements to products. This is required to increase the competitiveness of goods and the industry’s export potential. This was stated by Viktor Nazarenko, EEC Minister in charge of Technical Regulation, during the 5th meeting of the Council of Heads of national standardization bodies of the EAEU States held at the Eurasian Economic Commission’s headquarters. 

 

The meeting attendees have discussed areas for improving standardization as well as elaborated solutions to coordinate harmonizing and applying the Union’s interstate standards.

 

"The role of standardization in ensuring the safety and competitiveness of products as well as creating conditions for barrier-free trade should be constantly increased," the EEC Minister stressed. "It is of fundamental importance for the Commission, jointly with the Member States, to elaborate unified approaches to developing standardization in the EAEU and organize systematic work on preparing documents that lack for implementing the Union's technical regulations."

 

Along with that, Viktor Nazarenko has noted the special relevance of providing the business community, regulators and supervisory authorities with up-to-date standardized testing methods. 

 

The meeting attendees have agreed on the expediency of evaluating all standards to the Union technical regulations included in the lists, and these are about 400 departmental documents. This work results can lay the groundwork for forming the EAEU target program for elaborating interstate standards to meet the technical regulation requirements. 

 

The Council Members have also discussed the accession of all the EAEU countries to the adopted interstate standards for implementing a technical regulation establishing requirements for chocolate products. It was decided to organize a dedicated consultation with representatives of the Union’s authorized standardization authorities and businesses at the Commission's venue to address confectionery industry issues. 

 

The Commission considers the relevance and timeliness of the procedure for coordinating the works on standardization of provisions on monitoring the implementation of interstate standards elaboration programs to be included in the draft. This will enable identifying the Member States' standards expired in the territory of a particular EAEU country. 

 

The meeting has reached an arrangement to notify the Commission and the Union States in advance of the expected cancellation of interstate or national standards enforcing technical regulation requirements. "The Commission has prepared draft amendments to the Union acts limiting the inclusion of national documents similar to the existing interstate ones in the lists of standards. This will intensify elaborating new promising interstate standards, thus ensuring the implementation of plans and Strategic Directions for Developing the EAEU," Viktor Nazarenko noted.

 

The Council Members have discussed the correctness and mutual recognition of a number of translated foreign standards in the EAEU. It has been deemed expedient to create a database of such translations as well as elaborate appropriate procedures and practices for its formation. National institutes for standardization have been recommended to examine this issue and prepare efficient approaches for its implementation in the EAEU and the CIS. 

 

Furthermore, the meeting has discussed practical aspects of preparing the comprehensive information support system "Customs Union. Technical Regulation" to be deployed in all five EAEU countries through Armenia’s and Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the Agreement on Joint Information Support Activities in the field of Technical Regulation of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space.​