Since 2015, Russia has been a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. It is an international organization for regional economic integration. It was created for the purpose of comprehensive modernization, cooperation and competitiveness increase of national economies. The EAEU ensures freedom of goods, services, capital and labor movement, as well as the conduct of a coordinated or unified policy in the sectors of the economy. In addition to Russia, the EAEU currently includes the Republic of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

The principles of EAEU functioning are in many respects similar to the mechanisms for implementing economic policy in the European Union (EU), in particular in matters of non-tariff regulation. Two regional structures impose requirements on products in terms of their compliance with health and safety standards, regulated in the EU by directives, and in the EAEU by technical regulations. If the manufacturer has managed to prove that his products meet the accepted standards, then it is allowed on the market. Previously, each unit of goods is marked with a special sign (in the EU – this is the CE marking, and in the EAEU – the EAC). It should be noted that from 60% to 80% of the EAEU technical standards are identical to European and international standards.

Based on our experience, we can say that European export-oriented manufacturers are not always aware of the need to bring their products in line with EAEU standards. However, there is such a requirement, and it should not come as a surprise. There are certain rules for importing goods into EU countries. Naturally, there are also rules for the import of goods into Russia or into the territory of other EAEU countries. In both cases, certain permits are required for goods.

The main thing to know is that the procedures for processing these documents are similar and consist of similar steps. Below we have given the main points that will help you understand that in fact there is nothing complicated here.

Key pointsEuropean UnionEurasian Economic Union
Requirements for products and the procedure for processing documents for it are established by special regulatory legal acts.EU Directives
EU Regulations
Technical regulations of the EAEU
Compliance of products with established requirements is confirmed in two ways (in two forms)Certification and DeclarationCertification and Declaration
According to the results of the established procedures, permits are issued.Certificate and DeclarationCertificate of Conformity and Declaration of Conformity
The conclusion on the conformity of products to the established requirements is made based on the results of the regulated procedure.ModulesCertification (declaration) schemes
The procedure includes certain steps.Testing of samples, verification of production, subsequent control of the products for which the document was issued.Testing of samples, verification of production, subsequent control of the products for which the document was issued.
Permits are issued by an authorized organization that has received the right to test certain types of products.Notified bodyAccredited Certification Body
Special labeling is applied to verified products.CEEAC
During the period of validity of the permit document, serial products are subject to inspection controlAnalysis of the production. Held once a year.Includes product testing and / or analysis of the production. In most cases, it is carried out once a year.

In many respects, even the lists of products for which you need to draw up documents coincide. Below we have given examples of legal acts that can be considered analogues, although there is no mutual ratification.

Application areaEUEAEU
Machinery and equipmentDirective 2006/42/ECTR CU 010/2011
Electromagnetic compatibility of technical meansDirective 2014/30/EUTR CU 020/2011
Restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical engineeringDirective 2011/65/EUTR EAEU 037/2016
Low voltage equipmentDirective 2014/35/EUTR CU 004/2011
Wheeled vehiclesEU Regulation No. 661/2009TR CU 018/2011
Food productsEU Regulation No. 178/2002TR CU 021/2011
Perfumes and cosmeticsEU Regulation No. 1223/2009TR CU 009/2011
Light industry productsEU Regulation No. 1007/2011TR CU 017/2011
Kids toysDirective 2009/48/ECTR CU 008/2011
Pressure equipmentDirective 2014/68/EUTR CU 032/2013
Explosion-proof equipmentDirective 2014/34/EUTR CU 012/2011

No worries? Nearly!

A certificate or declaration cannot be issued to a foreign company; a request for their receipt can only be initiated by an applicant who is a resident of the EAEU. This means that a foreign manufacturer needs an official representative in Russia. It is a party who will be responsible for the compliance of products with established requirements and receive complaints from consumers if any. All permits are issued in the name of the applicant, and European companies are not the direct owners of their declarations and certificates. Thus, when working with distributors, manufacturers often take a certain risk, giving applicants the right to freely dispose of their products on the market. In addition, you must have complete confidence in the certification body that will certify your products. It is important to choose a reliable contractor who will carry out the procedure according to all the necessary rules. Certificates issued by unscrupulous authorities in violation of established procedures (without sample testing, without control over certified products, etc.) will be revoked by the regulatory authorities. This means that your products will be taken out of the market.

If the certificate is issued for serial production, then during the period of validity of the document, the certification body conducts inspection control with the established frequency. Its purpose is to make sure that the manufactured products still meet the requirements that were confirmed during certification. To do this, experts conduct additional tests of products and check the conditions of its production. If the inspection control is not carried out on time, the controlling authorities will stop the validity of the certificate. This is another reason to carefully choose the performer. You must be sure of its stable operation. If the body that issued the certificate is closed or loses the right to inspect your products, you will urgently have to look for a new certification body so that it takes over the responsibility for inspection control.

High quality and easy procedure with us!

SERCONS has been on the market since 1996. The company employs more than 2,500 qualified experts, specialists and test engineers with specialized education and many years of experience.

SERCONS has been represented in 7 countries: Russia, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, China and Kazakhstan. This means that you can apply to the Russian certification body in your country or the neighbouring one.

The company has its own accredited certification bodies and testing laboratories. This gives us the main competitive advantage – the ability to implement the entire certification process in the “single window” mode.

We provide full project support at every stage, namely:

  • Consulting for the selection of technical regulations and certification schemes
  • Development of technical documentation
  • Selection, import of product samples and their further testing
  • Analysis of the state of production
  • Submission of the applicant company, a commercially neutral person
  • Issuance of a certificate and its registration in the register of the EAEU
  • Carrying out periodic inspection control
  • Support during the validity of the documents
  • Providingauthorizationletters to importing companies

Contact SERCONS for more information.