SGS GOST Bulletin, Issue 2, Article 2
Technical Regulations and the Customs Union
Three-Day Workshop at SGS Vostok Headquarters in Moscow
From 11 till 14 March 2013, the GOST department at SGS headquarters in Moscow organized a three-day workshop for SGS employees on the topic of certification in the framework of the Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
The program included a two-day training session and an extensive management meeting. Certification experts from all major SGS offices that deal with Russian certification – the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Finland, Belgium, the US, Spain, Hungary and others – gathered to discuss the challenges posed by the new Technical Regulations of the Customs Union and possible answers to these challenges. The topics discussed, some of which generated animated discussion, included new stipulations in the Technical Regulations, their increased stringency, the painstaking and slow process of Certification Body accreditation, and the way forward in these changed and changing times.
Not only was this an extremely enlightening event, it also proved an excellent occasion for most to meet with old friends and catch up with the latest news. Some of the attendees, on the other hand, met many of their colleagues for the first time and were warmly welcomed into the SGS family.