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In early July 2010, the Product Certification Body of SGS Vostok Limited, the Russian subsidiary of the SGS Group, and four SGS testing laboratories, located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara and Nakhodka, were added to the Single Register of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) Customs Union.

The Single Register was established by the Customs Union members, namely Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan with the aim of creating a unified customs territory. On December 11, 2009, governments of the three member countries reached an agreement on the circulation of products liable to mandatory conformity assurance in the territory within the Customs Union. According to the agreement, all products which are included in the Single Product List, and are tested and certified in one of the member countries, are allowed to circulate within the whole territory of the Customs Union without any further restrictions. The only requirement is that the testing and certification of the products is carried out by a laboratory and certification body included in the Single Register.

The membership in the Customs Union’s Register within the Eurasian Economic Community is a great success for SGS Industrial Services. From more than 1,100 certification bodies and 2,500 testing laboratories acting within the GOST R Certification system, SGS is among only 259 certification bodies and 291 laboratories, which were added to the Single Register of the EurAsEC Customs Union.

SGS Industrial Services successfully fulfilled all the criteria for inclusion in the Single Register, such as lack of infringements during the accreditation period which would allow non-compliant products to be put on the market as well as continuous availability of experts within the accreditation scope. Moreover, certification bodies which have their own testing facilities were given preference during the selection process.

From now on SGS, as a member of the Single Register of the EurAsEC Customs Union, can offer its clients a value added service on the markets in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. SGS provides its clients with one single Certification or Declaration of Conformity, which is recognized within the whole Customs Union territory.

According to Vladimir Ovcharov, Head of Product Certification and Industrial Safety at SGS Vostok Limited, ’The new rules of conformity assurance within the Customs Union are a significant step towards the reduction of trade barriers. From now on it will be sufficient for manufacturers supplying their products not only to the market of Russia, but also to Kazakhstan and Belarus, to obtain the certificate of conformity or the declaration of conformity in single format since those documents are recognized in all the three member states of the Customs Union. Nevertheless, product marking should still be made according to national legislation of the country of destination.’

The inclusion in the Single Register of Certification Bodies and Testing Laboratories of the Customs Union within the Eurasian Economic Community is recognition of SGS’s extensive experience and competence in the field of verification, certification, inspection and testing.

About SGS Testing and Certification Services

SGS, as an independent certification body, assists international companies in carrying out successful business everywhere in the world, including Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, to ensure they comply with statutory and client based requirements. With the aim of minimizing the trade barriers for manufacturers and sellers, SGS supports its clients in performing successfully in every marketplace.

SGS provides direct access to the Russian and CIS markets by offering full service solutions, including Conformity Assessment, consulting services for approvals, permits and certificates and licensing for products and investments in Russia.

About SGS Industrial Services SGS Industrial Services, a global service provider for technical verification, inspection, testing and conformity assessment, ensures that its customers’ installations, materials, equipment, facilities and projects meet all quality and performance requirements, whether they are regulatory, voluntary or customer based.

For further information, please contact:

Vladimir Ovcharov
Head of Product Certification and Industrial Safety

SGS Vostok Limited
t: +7 (495) 775 44 55
Website: www.ru.sgs.com

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.