The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation: "high-quality business" should be involved in issue of goods safety certificates

March 25, 2015

MOSCOW, February 19. / TASS/. The Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev considers necessary to attract "high-quality business" to the creation of laboratories and organizations issuing certificates of conformity for goods. He reported this at a meeting of the government on results of activity of the Federal Service for accreditation.

According to Ulyukaev, the Service and the national system of accreditation and certification in whole faces such objective as "completely removing unfair accredited entities from the market” (private organizations for issue of goods safety certificates that work with state accreditation - editor's note).

Mr Ulyukaev said: "We need to attract the high-quality business willing to invest in laboratories, laboratory equipment, implementation of processes that are associated with the determination of quality and safety of products".

According to him, the national accreditation system was created from scratch for the last three years. Previously, in Russia there were the systems of accreditation and certification at different executive authorities.

Mr Ulyukaev noted that creation of the unified accreditation system was required in connection with integration processes and creation of the Customs union and Eurasian economic union as well.

"There was a need of providing uniform requirements for standards of production in this territory. Moreover, there was a task to get rid of a departmental "strip farming" which was existed before", - said the minister.

Mr Ulyukaev emphasized that the Federal Service for accreditation faced a problem of ensuring the international recognition of the Russian goods safety certificates. The minister reminded that in 2013 Russia became the associated member of the International laboratory accreditation cooperation (ILAC) that is engaged in examination of goods safety sold on the market. Until the end of 2016 Russia should become the full member of this organization and of the International Accreditation Forum as well.

According to the minister, international recognition of the Russian goods safety certificates would allow to significantly decrease transaction costs of the Russian exporters and would simplify their entry into the foreign markets.

At the meeting of the government the prime minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev noted that the Federal Service for accreditation should create unified approaches of accreditation in the Eurasian space. "Currently, the considerable part of rules is already implemented on the territory of four states, and in a consequence - five states", - reminded Medvedev. All these steps, in his opinion, "would facilitate export of the Russian production, first of all, thanks to decrease in costs of the companies for carrying out retesting abroad".

In general, the prime minister believes that the current accreditation procedure "in general complies with the international standards - we moved to an electronic format of interaction between participants of national accreditation system including the reporting provision; accreditation procedure has become more flexible as well as the rules for conducting inspections”.

Mr Medvedev reminded that the accreditation system is directly connected with ensuring quality and safety of goods which people buy - drugs, food, means of transport. "What products enter the Russian market depends on the efficiency of testing laboratories, certification bodies” - the prime-minister summarized.

The Federal Service for accreditation was established in 2011 with the aim to unify previously existing systems at different executive authorities which granted the right to the accredited private organizations to be engaged in laboratory testing of goods before releasing them to the market and issuing goods safety certificates. A new legal regulation in the sphere of accreditation of such organizations entered into force since July 1, 2014.