Voluntary Conformity Assurance is carried out in the form of voluntary certification.
Voluntary certification is carried out on initiative of an applicant according
to the conditions of an agreement between the applicant and a certification body
with the purpose of establishing conformity to National Standards, organizations
standards, voluntary certification systems, contractual provisions.
Products, technological processes, processes of use, storage, transportation,
realization and utilization, work and services as well as other subjects in which
regard standards, voluntary certification systems, and contracts specify requirements,
can be subjects of voluntary certification. Voluntary certification is carried
out within a voluntary certification system.
A legal entity and/or individual industrialist or several legal entities and/or
individual industrialists may create a voluntary certification system.
A person or persons who has created a voluntary certification system establish
the list of certified subjects and their characteristics to which conformity voluntary
certification is carried out, Rules of fulfillment of work that are stipulated
in the given system and its payment, determine par5icipantsto the given system.
In a voluntary certification system application of conformity mark may be provided.
Federal Authority for Technical Regulating may register a voluntary certification
system. According to Statute of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and
Metrology, approved by Russian Federation Government Decree №294 as of June 17,
2004, The Agency is entrusted with maintaining the Common Register of Voluntary Certification Systems Registered .
With the purpose of realization of provisions of Federal law "On Technical Regulating"
in the part of voluntary certification Russian Federation Government Decree №32 as of 23.01.2004, "On registration and
amount of payment for registration of a voluntary certification system" was adopted .
Up to July 1, 2005, more than 250 voluntary certification systems have been registered.
Considering tendencies to decrease obligatory certification scope establishment
of voluntary certification systems, especially systems formed by unions of manufacturers
becomes most perspective activity to reach the required quality level of consumer
goods and services as well as enhance their competitiveness.