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Technical Regulations and the Customs Union
New Technical Regulations in Force. More to Come

In the first issue of our local newsletter (January 2013), we explained what the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union are, and what they aim to achieve.

Now, a few months later, six more of the so-called TR CUs – some of them very significant - have came into force (15 February 2013):

  • TR CU 004/2011 “On Safety of Low-Voltage Equipment”
  • TR CU 010/2011 “On Safety of Machinery and Equipment”
  • TR CU 011/2011 “On Safety of Lifts”
  • TR CU 012/2011 “On Safety of Equipment for Use in Explosion-hazardous Environments”
  • TR CU 016/2011 “On Safety of Apparatuses working on Gaseous Fuel”
  • TR CU 020/2011 “Electromagnetic Compatibility of Technical Devices”

This has brought the total of effective technical regulations to 14 out of the 31 published on the Customs Union website (Only available in Russian). We expect a few new ones to be published in the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, SGS Certification Body has not been resting on its laurels: we have successfully passed an arduous audit by Rosakkreditatsiya, which resulted in accreditation for most of the effective TR CUs. On 17 April, 2013, SGS was included in the official list of accredited certification bodies for the Customs Union.

The next notable date in Customs Union history is 1 July 2013, when a batch of seven TR CUs, all food related, will come into force.

If you are an exporter to any or all of the member states of the Customs Union, and would like to know more about the exciting new developments and challenges, we suggest you contact SGS to find out how this will affect your business and how SGS can assist you in this matter.