Russia blocks imports following EMC change

Russia blocks imports following EMC change
Richard Wilson Russia has started blocking electronics imports because they have not been tested against its recently updated EMC regulations. A UK test house claims to have been approached by two firms that have had their products impounded in Russia because they have not been properly tested for compliance with Russian EMC regulations. “Customers have rung us saying they have product on the docks not being allowed in,” said Andrew Monk, marketing manager at Radio Frequency Investigations (RFI). This situation has worsened recently as the Russia authorities attempt to tighten up their EMC accreditation regulations. According to Mr A. Medvedev, a director for international affairs at Gosstandart, the official Russian certification body: “Certification bodies within Russia do not accept testing to European EN standards as part of a certification application.” This has caused problems for exporters, says Monk, who in the past have assumed that compliance with European EMC regulations was recognised by the Russia authorities. “In effect European EMC paperwork was verified by go-between agents acting for the manufacturers,” said Monk. The Russia authorities lacked the testing and accreditation facilities required to enforce their own regulations known as GOST R51000. But the situation in Russia has changed with the authorities having now accredited a number of test laboratories to enforce the new EMC rules. “Only EMC test results to GOST standards from a laboratory accredited by Gosstandart in accordance with GOST R51000.3-96/4-96 are accepted as part of a certification applications,” said Medvedev. While most of the newly accredited test houses are in Russia, RFI claims to be one of the first European test-houses with Russian accreditation. “Now there are GOST accredited test houses outside Russia, it is illegal to use the old paperwork route into Russia,” said Monk. In addition, new laws, which are intended to stop the dumping of non-compliant products in Russia, will next year broaden the scope of the EMC rules to include immunity testing for the first time.


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