The introduction of obligatory confirmation of conformity requires the testers and conformity appraisal experts' competency upgrading — Alexey Khersontsev

January 31, 2019

Alexey Khersontsev, the Head of RusAccreditation, participated in a "Results and Prospects of Construction Materials Industry Development. National Projects in Construction Industry" plenary session of the "Domestically-Produced Construction Materials – 2019: Results, Challenges, Prospects" national industry forum on January 29th. The Head of the Federal Service for Accreditation devoted his speech to the issue of testing centers and certification authorities being prepared to the introduction of obligatory requirements in construction industry.

According to Alexey Khersontsev, up to the present moment there is no technical regulation for construction products in the Eurasian Economic Union, and the model of assessment and confirmation of comformity to obligatory requirements has not been completed. Also, it is important to research and implement new testing methods and schemes for confirmation of conformity, and to prepare the appropriate conformity assessment infrastructure.

Declarations of conformity are registered by the Federal Service for Accreditation after the fact, upon the application of either a producer or a person entitled by the producer, and for declaring batches of products – of either an importer or a vendor. Registration is conducted via the online declaration registration service. Currently, there are over 2,100 declarations of conformity registered by the RusAccreditation Federal Government Information System. An amenability of appliers for inaccurate declaring of products, if revealed by the market supervisory authority, is provided for by the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses.

A quick analysis is demonstrating the high quality of declarations content in construction sphere.

The Head of RusAccreditation stressed the need to ensure the competency of testing laboratories employees and producers responsible for confirmation of conformity procedures. Consequently, the RusAccreditation National Accreditation Institute together with the RUDN International Institute of Sectoral Economy Strategic Development has started the professional development program in construction materials conformity assessment.

RUDN has 9 new scientific laboratories engaged in research and development in this sphere, including a laboratory of composites in construction. The distance education is accompanied with training of practical skills of test performance. On January 25th the education of the first intake for "Practical questions of testing laboratories (centers) providing cement conformity assessment operation" program was finished. The RusAccreditation National Accreditation Institute is planning to set up educational programs on a wide range of constuction products for the entire industry.

Also, the Head of the Federal Service for Accreditation participated in the DPCM–2019 20th specialized construction materials exhibition opening ceremony.