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GOST, TR CU or TR EAEU: how to figure it out

GOST, TR CU or TR EAEU: how to figure it out


Posted on Dec 27 Legal Tips GOST and TR CU

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Clients often ask WWBridge to explain the difference between TR СU and TR EAEU. What is the difference between a TR СU Certificate of Conformity and a GOST R Certificate? In this article, we will explain the distinguishing features of TR СU, TR EAEU and GOST R in details.



TR CU and TR EAEU

Prior to 2015, the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Union (CU EAEU) included the following countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia, and the organization was officially called the “Customs Union”. The Technical Regulations defining the mandatory requirements for the products, packing, marking, etc. at the territory of the Customs Union issued prior to 2015 are called TR CU.

After the Customs Union was replaced with the Eurasian Economic Union, due to renaming and reorganization, the Technical Regulations obtained a new denomination, TR EAEU (Technical Regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union).

Conformance with the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (EAEU) confirmed by a Declaration/Certificate indicates that the products are safe for users. Certification/Declaration of products covered by the requirements of the TR CU (EAEU) regulations is a mandatory state-controlled procedure. 

Replacing TR CU with TR EAEU

From December 25, 2012, after the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission adopted Resolution No. 293 “On the unified forms of the certificate of conformity and the declaration of conformity with the requirements of technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the rules for drawing them up”, the following amendments were introduced: 

  • TR CU was replaced with TR EAEU;
  • in the upper field of the drawn up document, there is the title “European Economic Union” instead of “Customs Union”;
  • the register entry number includes the abbreviation EAEU instead of the previously used CU.

In addition, old CU regulations remain valid for the term set out therein. Prior to January 1, 2019, there was an option to use the old forms with CU designation; however, after this date they were finally replaced with new forms with EAEU designation.

GOST R certification 

The GOST R national system of certification is used for conformity confirmation purposes for groups of goods for which the Technical Regulations of the EAEU have not been adopted or become valid. 

This certification system implies the issue of two types of documents:

This document can be both mandatory and voluntarily. It allows importing and selling products at the territory of the Russian Federation.

When the new Technical Regulation for the products which had earlier been subject to conformity confirmation in GOST R was introduced, the latter was cancelled, and it becomes mandatory to issue the conformity documents according to the requirements of this Technical Regulation.

Analogs of GOST in EAEU countries:

  • GOST – K in Kazakhstan
  • Certificate of conformity / Declaration of conformity with the internal regulations of Belarus.

GOST 

  • The state standards system (GOST) was created during the era of the Soviet Union to regulate standardization.
  • GOST is a list of standards with the requirements for a group of homogenous products that usually contain the ranges of possible values, specifications and indicators.
  • GOST differs from the Technical Regulation: the former offers quantitative parameters of the manufactured products, and the latter defines the terms of use of ready-made products.
  • The Technical Regulation contains a remark whether a certain GOST or separate clause (provision) thereof is mandatory.

Thus, we can draw the following conclusions:

The Technical Regulation (TR EAEU) has the same force as the law. It is a collection of rules regulating a certain type of products, among other things, the type of conformity confirmation (certification/declaration), schemes, sequence etc.

GOST R is a national certification system of the Russian Federation gradually phased out by the EAC certification.

GOST means the generally accepted standards, a basis for TR CU.

You can contact us if you have any questions. You can write us at email [email protected] or call: +7 (495) 787-87-70. Our managers will gladly help you with all certification issues.

Read more articles:
EAC Certification. General Information Full guide to the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (TR CU)





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