EEC and the five countries’ business community have discussed technical regulation issues in Bishkek

The thematic session dedicated to the current state of the EAEU technical regulation system, its development areas and bottlenecks has taken place on the sidelines of the Eurasian Economic Forum in Bishkek on May 26.

Experts have discussed issues related to consumer protection, quality infrastructure development as well as efficient interaction between technical regulation authorities and businesses for the improved competitiveness of the five countries' goods in the context of external and internal challenges.

The session has been moderated by Viktor Nazarenko, EEC Minister in charge of Technical Regulation, and Timur Nurashev, Director of the EEC Technical Regulation and Accreditation Department.

"Creating an equitable competitive market in the EAEU space for the free movement of goods while ensuring the safety of human life and health is the most important task in the field of technical regulation," EEC Minister emphasized. "It is important to us that mandatory safety requirements to products correspond to high international quality standards."

Valentin Tataritsky, Chairman of the Belarusian State Committee for Standardization, emphasized that, in current challenging conditions, quality was a determining benchmark for the competitive stability of the country's economy as a whole and each organization individually. 

"The quality of products and business processes is the main imperative for competitiveness growth, it is the country's image, financial sustainability, the maximum satisfaction of needs and raising of living standards of citizens," he noted.

When addressing the discussion participants, Arman Abenov, Chairman of the Technical Regulation and Metrology Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Trade and Integration, added that in the EAEU mandatory provisions in technical regulations and the voluntary use of standards ensured both product safety and one of the key conditions for the free movement of goods in the Union market. However, currently, there still were problems directly affecting the technical level of production and eventually product quality and competitiveness.

"For the purposes of finding a systemic solution to such problems and ensuring technical regulation impact assessment, the Coordination Center for Technical Regulation was created and started functioning on the basis of Kazakhstan Institute of Standardization and Metrology on July 1, 2021. It is expedient to develop a similar model of creating coordination centers for technical regulation in other EAEU Member States," the speaker of the Eurasian Economic Forum's thematic session concluded.

The participants of the thematic session discussed conceptual issues related to fulfilling the integration potential of the Member States in the field of technical regulation, quality and consumer protection. They noted the need for the progressive transformation of the Member States' approaches to state control based on assessing and managing the risks of harm (damage) to consumers, as well as expanding and improving measures to prevent violations of mandatory requirements.

The session has been attended by more than 90 representatives of the authorized authorities and business communities, as well as experts from the organizations of the Union Member States.

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