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EAEU urged to harmonize measures to protect market against unsafe products

Economy 21.03.2019 | 14:42
Photo courtesy of the EEC
Photo courtesy of the EEC

MOSCOW, 21 March (BelTA) – The member states of the Eurasian Economic Union need to approximate laws to protect the market against unsafe products, Viktor Nazarenko, Member of the Board (Minister) for Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission, said as he attended a meeting of officials in charge of technical regulations in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states.

“One of the key objectives of the Eurasian Economic Commission is to build up an effective system to protect the domestic market of the union from unsafe products. An ongoing constructive dialogue of the heads of government watchdogs should contribute to this. Such a dialogue is essential for improving the unified system of technical regulation in general,” Viktor Nazarenko said.

The meeting addressed the issues related to the violations of the EAEU technical regulations, mala fide assessment of conformity, the use by national bodies of supervision of various types of technical regulations in relation to one and the same requirements of the union. In this regard, the minister urged the EEC to improve supervision over the application of technical regulations in the EAEU, harmonize national laws in the member states in respect of liability for failure to comply with the uniform standards. The meeting participants also discussed the conceptual development of the system of state control, including the improvement of mechanisms of interaction of authorized bodies in the field of technical regulation and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

“In addition to creating an effective system of state control (supervision), the participants discussed the need to build a transparent and stringent system of responsibility for release of unsafe products into the EAEU common market. This should apply to all market participants: from manufacturers and their authorized persons, importers and sellers, to conformity assessment bodies who issue product conformity certificates,” the EEC said.

The meeting considered a pilot project to develop a system to report about products not conforming with technical regulations. “The union's reporting system should become the main instrument that state control bodies and the commission could use to shield the EAEU market against unsafe products. This system will provide customers, manufacturers and state control bodies with an opportunity to learn about unsafe products, incidents when goods subject to mandatory conformity assessment are sold without such certificates and also about the measures taken by state control bodies in respect of such products. It is envisaged that upon identifying unsafe products the state control authorities will take appropriate measures, including such as withdrawal from the entire market of the union.

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