Federal law “On technical regulating” has fundamentally changed an approach to conditions and a mechanism of Conformity Assurance to specified requirements. It establishes Conformity Assurance as a documentary attestation of conformity of products or other subjects, technological processes, processes of use, storage, transportation, realization and utilization, work or services to Technical Regulation requirements, Standard provisions or Contractual provisions.
Conformity Assurance is carried out for the purposes of:
- attesting conformity of products or other subjects, technological processes, processes of use, storage, transportation, realization and utilization, work or services to Technical Regulations, Standards or Contractual provisions;
- helping purchasers in competent choice of products, work or services;
- increasing competitiveness of products, work or services in Russian and International markets;
- creating conditions for providing free movement of goods over the territory of the Russian Federation as well as International economic, scientific and technical cooperation and trade.
Unlike other ways of assessment Conformity Assurance is applied on pre-market products stage and can be carried out by both manufacturers, that is the first party (conformity declaration), and independent of manufacturers and consumers bodies, that is the third party (certification).
Conformity Assurance in the territory of the Russian Federation may be voluntary or mandatory.
Conformity Declaration and Conformity Certificate both have equal legal effect independently of mandatory conformity assurance plans and are valid over all the territory of the Russian Federation.