EEC has simplified the procedures for assessing serial production conformity during the Covid-19 pandemic

Due to the persistence of a difficult epidemiological situation associated with the spread of new Covid-19 strains, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) adopted temporary measures used in the certification of serial productions during the pandemic.

The result of the work of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Development

Temporary measures have been prepared in accordance with the proposals of the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The basis was taken from the  so-called “Expanded Recommendations” of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Economic Development on temporary measures on the issue of inspection control, sampling and other planned work, taking into account the difficult epidemiological situation associated with the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), prepared by the departments in May 2020.

One year of simplified procedures

The document establishes uniform procedures for the assessment of serial production conformity during the coronavirus pandemic in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union. The measures are introduced for one year and concern the simplification of product conformity assessment procedures due to the introduction of temporary restrictions on movement between countries.

Facilitations for producers are a benefit for consumers

The main purpose of introducing temporary measures is to prevent a shortage of products in the common market and to minimize the negative consequences of the introduced restrictions for the business sector. The adopted decision enables the use of test reports issued under international accreditation and certification systems for technically advanced products necessary for the implementation of priority projects, the organization of new production lines, and the implementation of infrastructure projects. In order to be covered by the simplified procedure, these products should be marketed only on the territory of the EAEU countries.

Remote production evaluation and postponement of inspection dates

The main important change in conducting certification procedures is the possibility of remote production evaluation. This process involves the analysis, identification and selection of products without the presence of experts from the certification body at the manufacturer's premises. The whole thing is to be done via videoconference. The document also defines the procedure and conditions for the use of remote assessment.

It is also possible to extend the period of control of the inspection by the certification body up to 6 months. In addition, deadlines have been set for the periodic evaluation of certificates issued under interim measures. Moreover, certification bodies will be able to use the results of previous analyzes of the state of production or periodic product assessments (up to 24 months before submitting the application for certification) to issue a new certificate of conformity for products previously certified by this body.

The document is of great importance for the economies of the EAEU countries and, according to experts, will positively affect business in the difficult, epidemic time.