In the past, the process of product manufacturers supplying into Russia was relatively straightforward. The manufacturer (ie. Parker) gained a GOST R certificate for the product, which was the state standard obligatory certificate of compliance. The system builder then specified GOST R parts from Parker and if the product had the certification it could be supplied straight through to Russia.
EAC Eurasian Conformity Certificate
Since the formulation of the Customs Union in 2010, involving Russia, Belarus Kazakhstan, GOST R has been superseded by the “EAC” Eurasian Conformity Certificate. Each EAC certificate conforms to one of the TRCUs (Technical Regulations of the Customs Union). The EAC has also been extended to Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
There are five types of TRCU certificates that could be relevant to Parker customers:
- TR CU №10 “The safety of the machinery and equipment”
- TR CU №12 “The safety of the equipment for highly explosive environments”
- TR CU №004 “The safety of the low-voltage electrical appliances”
- TR CU №020 “The electromagnetic compatibility of technical equipment”
- TR CU №032 “The safety of the equipment under high pressure”.
Declaration of Conformity
There are also two types of certificates, depending on the characteristics and application of the equipment.
The first is a Declaration of Conformity. Here the company effectively ‘self certifies’ the equipment, which requires them to submit just the technical details of the equipment to an accredited certification body.
The second is a Certificate of Conformity, which requires validation by an independent notified body, who would be required to inspect the manufacturing facility and carry out independent tests on the equipment being certified. There are independent notifiable bodies within all major markets who can provide this service and issue a certificate. The certification is usually valid on that equipment or system for between one to five years.
Attaining EAC Certificate
One of the main differences for manufacturers outside Russia is the need to be supported when seeking an EAC Certificate of Conformity by a representative of the territory of the Eurasian Customs Union. This means that it is not possible for a manufacturer that is not registered in one of the countries of the Customs Union, to attain the EAC certificate independently. The applicant can be either a subsidiary of the producer on the territory of the Custom Union EAC, an importer, a distributor or a company that provides representation services.
Parker has responded to the need for EAC certification to achieve TRCU standards by working through its local sales office in Moscow. This means we have achieved EAC certification for the majority of our products.
All our packaging destined for Russia or products being manufactured for Russia are now marked with the EAC certification on the packaging. There are clear guidelines from TRCU on the use of the EAC certification – in terms of size of the logo and visibility of the package space. Over the coming months, we will start product marking every certified product with the logo. As we have most of our products certified to EAC, this means we can supply into Russia quickly, effectively and with relative simplicity.
Certification requirements for system builders.
One of the areas where the new certification method differs from GOST R is that the system builder is now also required to secure certification, either declaration or full, depending on the application. It is not enough just for the Parker product to have achieved this.
Companies who wish to sell to the Russian market need to be aware of the changes and the process of obtaining their own EAC certificate. For further details, visit the official TRCU website.
Graham Johnson is Product Manager, Downstream Analytical, Parker Hannifin, Instrumentation Products Division, Europe