The Project Steering Committee Meeting

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June, 30 Minpromtorg hosted the Project Steering Committee Meeting. The meeting was attended by the Russian stakeholders (representatives of governmental bodies and other organisations). The European side participated in the meeting via conference connection.
The participants of the meeting discussed the Project Progress in the last 6 months (January-June 2016) and planning for the next 6 months.
In the last 6 monthns the Project drafted a number of recommendations in the field of Market Surveillance, started to analyse new regulatory developments regarding conformity assessment schemes in the EEU.
As the Project ends in December, 2016, in the upcoming 6 months it is going to finalize compleate all the activites started and finilize all the reports and besides fulfill tasks in two new areas of work announced in the course of the meeting – analysis of the problems with implementation of the Cooperation Agreement between CEN/CENELEC and Rosstandart and preparation of the reports in the field of energy efficiency labelling and ecodesign (comparision of energy efficiency classes in the EU and the EEU, methods of calculation of energy efficiency).
The audience present was invited to express the ideas for the Final Conference of the Project that is preliminary scheduled for the end of November – beginning of December 2016.

Draft Technical Regulation “On the requirements for energy efficiency of energy-consuming devices” Published

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The Eurasian Economic Commission reports on the submission of the draft technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) On the requirements for energy efficiency for energy-consuming devices to the EAEU countries for domestic approval.

The technical regulations are designed to prevent actions that can mislead consumers in the matter of energy efficiency of energy-consuming devices, as well as to promote energy efficiency and resource saving within the Union.

The document applies to energy-consuming devices produced in the Member States of the EAEU: refrigerators, freezers, electric induction motors, television sets, washing machines and dishwashers, electric lamps, circulating pumps, fans, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, etc.

The technical regulations establish mandatory requirements for energy-consuming devices in terms of their energy efficiency and labelling that must be applied and fulfilled throughout the Union. For example, in accordance with the draft, an energy-consuming device must be designed and manufactured in such a way as to conform to the requirements of the technical regulations when it is used for its intended purpose and when the requirements for the installation, operation, storage, transportation and maintenance are met.

Labelling of an energy-consuming device must contain the name and (or) identification of the energy-consuming devices (type, brand, model − if available), its main parameters and characteristics of energy efficiency, name and/or trademark of the manufacturer, the name of the country of origin of this energy consuming device. The information provided in the labelling must be applied to the energy-consuming device and specified in the accompanying service documents.

The labelling of the energy-consuming device must be legible and easy to read. It should be applied to the energy-consuming device in a place accessible for inspection without a tool-aided disassembly.

The responsible developer of the technical regulations of the EAEU “On the requirements for energy efficiency of energy-consuming devices” is the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Source: Eurasion Economic Commission http://www.eurasiancommission.org/en/nae/news/Pages/20-06-2016-4.aspx

Notification system in Russia: prospects of introduction

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Mr Pumpyanskyi, the Head of RSPP Committee on technical regulation introduced the initiative on pleanary meeting of RSPP. The initiative had been preliminary discussed with and approved by the relevant governmental bodies – Minpromtorg, Rosaccreditatia, Rosstandart and the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Despite all the efforts of Rosaccreditatsia to detect conformity assessment bodies acting in a bad faith, market is still suffering because of counterfaith products with fake certificates.
Due to this it is resonable to discuss the introduction of a new special procedure – notification or authorization of bodies empowered to carry out mandatory certification. This measure complies with the international approach and provisions of ISO standards.

Сertification of products in strategically important areas shall be carried out by a limited number of organizations, that passed a notification procedure. A notification must be done by an executive body, responsible for implementation of the requirements of a particular technical regulation. A conformity assessment body gets is notified by an executive body, responsible for implementing the requirements of a particular technical regulation. A notified (authorized) body must have its own testing facilities and at least two years of experience as an accredited organization. This body is responsible for the issued certificates. Its responsibility must be insured.

The President of Russia Mr Putin commissioned the Government of the Russian Federation to develop the necessary suggestions for the further introduction of a notification system in Russia and the EAEC until September, 1 2016.

Project Steering Committee

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On March 10, Minpromtorg of Russia hosted the meeting of the Project Steering Committee.

Besides representatives of the Project Partner (Minpromtorg of Russia) and stakeholders, the meeting was also attended by experts of the EU Project to Russia “Approximation of EU and Russia Accreditation System”.

The main focus of the meeting was a review of the ongoing activities of the Project throughout the period July – December 2015 was. Mr Zuyderwijk, Team Leader of the Project, informed members of the PSC about the Project progress and challenges in its realisation in aforementioned period. Special attention was paid to the outputs delivered by the Project and to the Project planning for the next reporting period.

On 26 April, the next meeting will be held, in which the quarterly report for the period 1 January – 31 March 2016 will be discussed.

“Role of Quality Management Systems in the Conformity Assessment of Products in the European Union”

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On 3 Dec 2015 in the premises of the Russian Union of Industrialists & Enterprenaurs the Project hold a public event on topic “Role of QMS in the conformity assessment of Products in the EU”.SAM_1217

Experts of the Project, Mr Leon Kos and Mr Janez Furlan, delivered a presentation on the topic of role of QMS in conformity assessment in the EU. The experts talked about conformity assessment modules based on QMS, provided explanations on selection of an approriate quality assuranse system and distinctions between quality assurance of production process/product/full assurance, commented specificity of quality assurance of construction products and relation between a quality assurance system in conformity assessment procedures and ISO 9001. SAM_1222

Q&A session revealed a strong interest of the audience to the topic. The audience was comprised of representatives of the local Russian and international manufacturers, conformity assessment bodies, scientific organisations (approximately 80 persons). The feedback from the audience was very positive.

Project Steering Committee

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On February, 11 Minpromtorg of Russia hosted the meeting of the Project Steering Committee.

Besides reprepresentatives of the Project Partner (Minpromtorg of Russia) and stakeholders, the meeting was also attended by experts of the EU Project to Russia “Approximation of EU and Russia Accreditation System”.

The main focus of the meeting was a review of the ongoing activities of the Project throughout the period July – December 2014 was. Mr Zuyderwijk, Team Leader of the Project, informed members of the PSC about the Project progress and challanges in its realisation in aforementioned period. Special attention was paid to the outputs delivered by the Project and to the Project planning for the next reporting period.

APPROXIMATION OF CU AND EU LEGISLATION IN THE FIELD OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY LABELLING

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24, October in the premises of AEB the event “APPROXIMATION OF CU AND EU LEGISLATION IN THE FIELD OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY LABELLING” took place. It was organized cojointly by the Project and Assosiation of the European Businesses in Russia (Home Appliances Manufacturers Committee).

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During the event both Russian and European speakers delivered presentations covering different aspects of energy efficiency labelling, including current legislative regulation in the CU and the EU and standardisation in this field, and prospects for appoximation between two systems in view of drafting of new CU TR on energy efficiency labelling.

Speakers from the European side:

Han Zuyderwijk, Team leader of the Project – moderation
Edvard Ipavec, Expert of the Project – presentation “Energy Labelling and Ecodesign – EU Instruments for improving the Energy and Resource Efficiency of Products”
Leon Kos, Expert of the Project – presenation “Comparison of Draft CU TR and Relevant EU legislation on energy labelling”

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Leon Kos

Speakers from the Russian side:

Alexey Soldatov, AEB Home Appliances Manufacturers Committee – moderation
Ruslan Kokarev, AEB COO – openning remarks
Kostantin Zhilyaev, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the RF – general remarks about activities of the Ministry in this field
Natalia Savelyeva , Adviser for metrology and technical regulation, Department of technical regulation and accreditation of the Eurasian Economic Comission – presentation “General requirements for products in the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space”

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Natalia Savelieva

Victor Timko, Head of research, Russian Research Institute for Certification (VNIIS) – presentation “Status and challenges regarding the draft Customs Union Technical regulation on energy efficiency labelling”
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Victor Timko

Oleg Dranitsky, Director, Testbet – presentation “Importance of Standards and Role of Testing Laboratories in the Field of Energy Labelling”

The present audience (about 50 people) was comprised of the reprsentatives of business community, governmental bodies and scientific-research organisations.
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The questions from the audience asked during Q&A session were related to the current status of the draft CU TR, possible challenges of transitional period until it comes into force, problem of updating lists of supporting standards for the TRs and the importance of development of state-of-the-art standards.

APPROXIMATION OF CU AND EU LEGISLATION IN THE FIELD OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY LABELLING

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October, 24 in the premises of the Assossiation of European Businesses in Russia the event “APPROXIMATION OF CU AND EU LEGISLATION IN THE FIELD OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY LABELLING” takes place.

The event is organised conjointly by the Project and the AEB (Home Appliances Manufacturers Committee).

The agenda of the event:

Moderated by: Alexey Soldatov, AEB Home Appliances Manufacturers Committee
Han Zuyderwijk, Team leader, EU project “Approximation of EU and RF Technical Regulation and Standardisation Systems”

08.30-09.00 – Registration and welcome coffee

09.00-09.15 – Opening remarks – Ruslan Kokarev, AEB COO

09.15-09.30 – General requirements for products in the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space – Natalia Savelyeva , Adviser for metrology and technical regulation, Department of technical regulation and accreditation of the Eurasian Economic Comission

09.30-09.45 – Status and challenges regarding the draft Customs Union Technical regulation on energy efficiency labelling
Victor Timko, Head of research, Russian Research Institute for Certification (VNIIS)

09:45-10:00 – Energy Labelling and Ecodesign – EU Instruments for improving the Energy and Resource Efficiency of Products – Edvard Ipavec, Expert, EU project “Approximation of EU and RF Technical Regulation and Standardisation Systems”

10:00-10.20 – Coffee Break

10.20-10.35 – The importance of Approximation of Customs Union and European Union Legislation – Practical examples of Challenges – Alexey Soldatov, AEB Home Appliances Manufacturers Committee

10.35-10.50 – Importance of Standards and Role of Testing Laboratories in the Field of Energy Labelling – Oleg Dranitsky, Director, Testbet

10.50-11.05 – Comparison of Draft CU TR and Relevant EU legislation on energy labelling – Leon Kos, Expert, EU project “Approximation of EU and RF Technical Regulation and Standardisation Systems”

11.05-11.20 – Questions & Answers session

11:20-11.30 – Сlosing remarks – Alexey Soldatov, AEB Home Appliances Manufacturers Committee

11.30-12.00 – Networking coffee

The event is an open. To attend, please, register using the form provided by AEB:
http://www.aebrus.ru/ru/aeb-events/detail.php?ELEMENT_ID=1593508

Seminar on Lists of European harmonised standard

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October, 2 in RSPP the Project held an event “Development, adoption and amendment of the list of European harmonised standards in the European Union”.
The event was organised as a closed seminar and round table discussion intended for representatives of governmental bodies, representatives of standardisation scientific-research institutions and RSPP. From the European side the following experts took part in the event:

  • Dr. Stampfl-Blaha, General Director of Austrian Standards and current Vice-President of ISO;
  • Ms Sarah Penny, Director External Relations at CEN/CENELEC;
  • Mr. Eric Marchand, Programme Manager at CEN/CENELEC;
  • Mr. Geert Maes, Senior Manager, Industry, Technology & Infrastructure Unit at CEN/CENELEC;
  • Mr. Han Zuyderwijk, Team Leader Project “Approximation of EU and RF technical regulation and standardisation system”;
  • Mr. Leon Kos, Key Expert 3 on Regulatory Affairs of the Project “Approximation of EU and RF technical regulation and standardisation system”;
f.l.t.r. Eric Marchand, Sarah Penny, Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, Geert Maes

f.l.t.r. Eric Marchand, Sarah Penny, Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, Geert Maes

In the opening part, Dr. Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha and Ms Sarah Penny spoke about the importance of international cooperation in standardisation and about the implementation of Cooperation Agreement between CEN/CENELEC and Rosstandard.

Mr. Geert Maes delivered a presentation on development, adoption and amendment of the list of European harmonised standards in the European Union. The presentation covered both general issues of the European standardisation as principles and conditions, role of standards as instruments of New Approach and particular issues related to each of abovementioned stages in process of preparation of Lists of European harmonised standards.

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Subsequently there was a panel discussion session with participation of Dr. Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, guest speakers from CEN/CENELEC and representatives of the Russian side. The participants of the discussion were provided with opportunity to get more detailed information about the participants of the process of preparation of List of European harmonised standards and stages of the process.

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