RusAccreditation and China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

August 02, 2017

Today in Shanghai (the People's Republic of China), the Federal Accreditation Service and the China National Accreditation Service for  Conformity Assessment (the People's Republic of China) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The event was held during the 20th meeting of the Sub-Сommission for Trade and Economic Cooperation of the Russian-Chinese Commission for Preparing Regular Meetings between Heads of Governments.

In the presence of the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maksim Oreshkin and the Minister of Commerce of the PRC Zhong Shan, the Memorandum was signed by the Head of RusAccreditation Alexey Khersontsev and the Head of the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) Xiao Jianhua. The ceremony was attended by representatives of ministries, agencies, trade and business communities and many other officials on both sides.

The document envisages establishing a long-term cooperation mechanism, to facilitate the mutual recognition of accreditation of certification bodies, testing laboratories and inspection bodies of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, to remove technical barriers for the bilateral trade in top-priority export goods, and to further elaborate a double certification procedure.

The China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) is the main coordinating body of the Chinese national accreditation system. CNAS was founded on 31 March 2006 and is now a full party to the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement (APLAC MRA), the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA) as well as a full party to the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (PAC MLA) and the International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (IAF MLA).

The signing of the Memorandum will become a platform for deepening the cooperation between the national accreditation bodies of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, making it possible to minimize the number of technical barriers in the bilateral trade, and will facilitate the implementation of joint projects, the progress of which was discussed by the leaders of the two countries at the negotiations held on 4 June 2017 in Moscow.