Public Council: Results of Meeting of Subgroup on Conformity Assessment of Aluminum Utensils

March 04, 2019

On February 22, the subgroup on conformity assessment of aluminum utensils of the working group on the activities of persons accredited in the sphere of conformity assessment of aluminum products at the RusAccreditation Public Council held a meeting chaired by task manager for technical regulation and interaction with public authorities of the Association of Producers, Suppliers and Consumers of Aluminum Alexey Efimov. More than 20 people attended the meeting, including representatives of the Federal Service for Accreditation, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology, scientific and expert community, accredited organizations, producers, and importers.

Chairman of the Technical Committee 147 “Metal Utensils with and without Coatings” Alexander Sheremetyev provided a presentation on the requirements for aluminum utensils, the procedure for conformity assessment, a list of equipment required for the assessment, and standardization documents establishing requirements for aluminum utensils including GOST R 56674-2018 that entered into force on December 1, 2018.

During the meeting, the participants discussed the results of aluminum utensils declaration process monitoring carried out by the Russian Aluminum Association. A significant number of declarations for aluminum utensils in Russia are accepted with violations (including test reports issued by non-accredited laboratories with deficiencies in listing mandatory requirements of regulatory documents).

Deputy Head of RusAccreditation Sergey Migin suggested cataloging the entire volume of the information received and focusing on products declared with the record number of violations in 2018, as well as clarifying legal provisions regarding the term “one’s own proof”. The Head of the Division for Compliance Evaluation and Accreditation of the Department of State Policy in the Field of Technical Regulation and Ensuring Unity of Measurements of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia Vitaly Soldatov noted that the rules providing for test reports issued by accredited laboratories to be the only ground for declaring would soon enter into force.

Head of the Division for Control and Analysis of the Department of State Supervision and Control of Rosstandart Maxim Kim suggested informing applicants and producers failing to pass the necessary procedures about an opportunity to voluntarily withdraw their products and about the feasibility of inspections in their regard.

In conclusion, participants of the meeting discussed suggestions of the Russian Aluminum Association regarding the amendment of the mandatory requirements for aluminum utensils.

The minutes of the meeting dated February 22nd will be available soon in the working group section.