The President of the Russian Federation signed Federal Law No 385-FZ “On Amending the Federal Law On technical regulation” introducing some crucial amendments to technical regulation procedures. The Federal Law was adopted by the State Duma on December 23, 2009 and the Federation Council approved it on December 25, 2009.
The Federal Law extends the powers of the Russian Government and of the Federal Executive Body on Technical Regulation in terms of creating a modern regulatory basis in the field of technical regulation in Russia.
The Federal Law allows approved global standards to be recognized and adopted in Russia. Moreover, the Federal Law makes provision for two technical regulation schemes to be made available to applicants, one of which is based on the Russian standards and the other one on foreign technical regulations (directives) and standards.
In accordance with the Federal Law, the Government of the Russian Federation is empowered to introduce, on a temporary basis, the mandatory requirements from technical regulations of the Custom Union’s member-states and of the European Union’s rules and norms in those fields if national technical regulations have not been passed by the scheduled date. However, this amendment should not hinder domestic producers from applying traditional technical regulation schemes in accordance with the current product requirements that were due to end on July 1, 2010. This termination has now been repealed.
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