Belarus: amendments to Rules for Conformity Attestation of the National System for Conformity Attestation
Based on the provisions of the State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus (Gosstandart) of February 26, 2021 No. 17, changes were made to the Regulations for Conformity Assessment of the National System of Acknowledgments of the Republic of Belarus. This amendment has been in force since May 6, 2021.
Unifying the forms with the EAEU countries
The introduced changes are aimed at adapting the forms of the declaration of conformity and the model of the product conformity certificate to their counterparts used in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union on the basis of the technical regulations in force there. We are talking about documents approved by the decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission of December 25, 2012 No. 293. "Uniform forms of certificates of compliance with the performance of work, services, management systems".
National System for Conformity Attestation
The standardization of the form of the documents will facilitate entering information into the National System form Confirmation Attestation (NSPS) operating in Belarus, comparing information on issued certificates of compliance and registered declarations of compliance under the Eurasian Economic Union and, when necessary, ensuring the possibility of integration with other IT resources related to certification.
QR codes in conformity assessment documents
The provision introduces the possibility of adding a QR code to the conformity assessment documents. It will redirect directly to the register of the National System of Confirmation of Compliance (NSPS). This will allow you to quickly switch from a paper document to information contained in the NSPS register, and thus check the current status of documents. The QR code will be generated by the Belarusian State Institute for Standardization and Certification when registering the certificate or declaration in the registry. This is a step towards improving the usability and accessibility of certification documentation in Belarus.
IAF MLA Mark
Thanks to the introduced changes, management system certification bodies have the possibility to include the IAF MLA mark in the certificate. It is a confirmation of the fact that the competence of the certification body has been confirmed by the accreditation body. In the case of Belarus, it is the Belarusian State Center for Accreditation, which is a signatory to the Multilateral Agreement on the Recognition of the IAF Mark.
The changes will help to increase the transparency of information
In addition to the aforementioned issues, resolution introduces many other changes that will help eliminate interpretational ambiguities and legal uncertainties regarding certain compliance issues in Belarus. It will also make it possible to increase the level of transparency of information contained in conformity assessment documents, to adjust the terminology to international standards in the field of system management and conformity assessment.