How to Obtain Permission to Operate Hazardous Equipment in Russia?
Russia is the world's second largest producer and exporter of oil and therefore an attractive area for global investors and exporters of industrial equipment within this sector of economy.
However, goods imported into (or exported to) Russia are liable to various national certification and other permitting systems. This means that they have to be approved by the relevant Russian authorities in terms of compliance with national standards and rules, mostly focusing on safety characteristics. Thus, even if a product is well-known throughout the world and recognized as safe in the EU or any other country, the manufacturer still has to prove that it complies with Russian requirements in accordance with Russian methodology. The availability of some conformity certificates might only facilitate the procedure of obtaining the appropriate Russian approvals but this certificate alone would not be sufficient to cross the Russian border and to commission the installation in the Russian territory.
To operate hazardous industrial facilities or equipment in the Russian Federation, the Rostekhnadzor Permit to Use is required. What are the requirements for companies that wish to apply for such a Permit to Use? How is the suitability to operate hazardous equipment assessed? What does it take to pass these assessments and ultimately obtain a license to operate? These questions have been treated in the framework of the article that appeared in World Oil Magazine.
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