March 12, 2015
A meeting of the Government of the Russian Federation was held on the 19th February 2015. The results of the reform implementation and the prospects for further development of Russian unified national accreditation system were considered as the main issue in the agenda.
Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, addressing members of the Government, said that a single mechanism of regulation in the field of accreditation has been established during three years since the beginning of reform. "The current order, as a whole, complies with international standards. <...> The accreditation process has become more flexible as well as the rules for carrying out inspections. At the same time he emphasized that there are some objectives to be achieved by RusAccreditation, primarily, aimed at obtaining international recognition and forming unified approaches to accreditation in the Eurasian space.
The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev gave a keynote speech on the topic. Among the priority directions in the sphere of accreditation he indicated the procedure of removing unfair players from the market of certification services, the creation of a regional association for accreditation in Eurasian space as well as ensuring recognition of Russian certificates abroad through the accession of RusAccreditation to International accreditation forum (IAF) and International laboratory accreditation cooperation (ILAC).
The Chairman of the RSPP Committee for technical regulation Dmitry Pumpyansky has expressed an expert opinion. In particular, he proposed to elaborate a roadmap for accession of RusAccreditation to the international associations.
First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov also emphasized the importance of the international recognition of national accreditation system as well as strengthening bilateral relations with trading partners of the Russian Federation.