RusAccreditation: Certification system in Russia is more used by importers

July 20, 2016

MOSCOW, July 20. /TASS/. The system of certification of products in Russia needs to be optimized, now it does not meet the objectives of assistance in import substitution. About 90% of certificates of conformity in the Russian Federation were issued for imported products, the new head of the Federal Service for accreditation (RusAccreditation) Alexey Khersontsev said, speaking during a roundtable on combating “fraud certificators”, organized by the business platform of the “United Russia” (Edinaya Rossiya) together with the “Support of Russia” (Opora Rossii).

He reminded that the key fact in the reform is that “the state has transferred the function of certifying the safety of products at the stage of its release for the treatment of a particular group of people”. RusAccreditation objective “is to ensure the credibility of the certification bodies, credibility of the laboratories, which confirm compliance with whatever regulations, by inspecting products RusAccreditation function is to provide trust to the sector, to which we transferred the function of issuing certificates of conformity (for goods – TASS note)”, - Khersontsev pointed out.

Today the certificate registry in Russia contains more than 1.2 million certificates of conformity. “This is huge. In 2015, 130 thousand new certificates appear in the registry, in 2014. - 190 thousand”, - he said. If as of July 1, 2014 in the register there were 11 thousand accredited persons, over the two years of the law on the accreditation their number was reduced to seven thousand (over 30%).

“Is it much or not?” – Khersontsev asked and reminded that in Germany their number in times less. “It is clear that not all accredited (in Russian) people carry out real meaningful activities, and optimization is needed here”, - he said. Now in Russia there are a thousand bodies, including private companies, certifying products, and six thousand laboratories. At the same time thousands of certification bodies were accredited in the transition month of the new law enforcement - in November 2011.

The RusAccreditation Head reminded that the main objective was to create a trust infrastructure for goods, primarily in the interests of the Russian manufacturer. But the first analysis confirmed the assumption - 90% compliance certificates issued in Russia were for imported products. “Our task is import substitution. It is impossible to increase production if it does not become an export-oriented”. – Khersontsev said and added that “it is for this we create the quality infrastructure - to make our customers trust our products, to make us trust our products”. 

“Psychologically, we, like citizens, are very skeptical about the Russian goods”, - he noted. Khersontsev said that “in the result, our customers are something with which we work, which takes almost the entire administrative and management resource - it is import”.