Do I really need EAC Certification?

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Yes! Certification is mandatory and most machinery and industrial equipment will be issued a Declaration to allow import for use in Russia, Kazakhstan and other Customs Union member countries. Some products are exempt from Declarations or Certificates of Conformity, and whilst a document is still required to demonstrate exemption, this procedure is low cost and fairly pain free. Most certification is easier to obtain than it used to be, when certain companies held a virtual monopoly in this area. Most items will need to be certified though, and you certainly need to find out. The last place you want to find out about errors is at the border…

EAC Certificates may be issued instead of a Declaration. In particular for devices or other equipment running in explosive atmospheres, to which a certificate EX EAC for explosion proofing would be necessary (EX EAC is similar to European ATEX). An EAC Certificate, for example, may be issued for equipment being used under pressure which are certified according to TR CU 032/2013 on the safety of pressure equipment

The Gost R and EAC certification of hydraulic elements, such as pipes, flanges and valves, is varied. Pipes, flanges and fittings are generally not subject to mandatory certification, unless the combination of pressure, diameter and carried fluid makes them fall within the parameters listed in the legislation TR CU 032/2013 on the safety of pressure equipment. In many cases, however, no certification is required. This does not mean attaining a certificate is not recommended, it may actually be essential for participating in international tenders or to make the product desirable to a potential customer.


Low voltage switchboards and control panels marketed in Russia and in the EAC area, are subject to EAC certificate according to the technical regulations:

TR CU 004/2011 on the safety of low voltage equipment;
TR CU 020/2011 on electromagnetic compatibility of technical devices;

Industrial equipment gaseous fuel propelled are certified according to the TR CU 016/2011 on the safety of machines operating on gaseous fuel, as well as in accordance with the regulations listed before. The document attained in this case may be either an EAC Certificate or Declaration.

Measuring instruments for legal metrology need to attain a certificate Gost R pattern of approval for legal metrology, even if they are already certified according to harmonized OIML regulations.

High impacting technical regulations TR CU for the industrial sector

TR CU 004/2011 on the safety of low voltage equipment;
TR CU 010/2011 on the safety of machinery and equipment;
TR CU 012/2011 on the safety of equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres;
TR CU 016/2011 on the safety of machines operating on gaseous fuel;
TR CU 020/2011 on electromagnetic compatibility of technical devices;
TR CU 019/2011 on the safety of personal protective equipment;
TR CU 030/2012 oils and greases, lubricants and special fluids;
TR CU 032/2013 on the safety of pressure equipment;

TR CU 010/2011 is specifically for the regulation of machines and equipment for use in the Russian Federation, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Belarus.

It is not applicable to sectors such as medical, telecommunication, maritime, aerial, railway and military.

TR CU 010/2011 is often used in combination with other EAC regulations when taken as base for a EAC certification. In particular it is common to issue certifications according to this as well as TR CU 004/2011 on safety of low voltage equipment and the TR CU 020/2011 on electromagnetic compatibility of technical devices. 

Is a Declaration of Conformity the same as a Certificate?


No. A Declaration of Conformity differs from a Certificate of Conformity in the degree and placement of liability. A manufacturer cannot apply for a Declaration because it must be backed by an Importer of Record, a locally registered entity. There are significant differences in the method of obtaining the certificate, and the documents needed. But you don’t need to worry about that; that’s our job!

It may be that your company requires an audit of the goods before issuing of Declarations. This cost is the sole responsibility of the applicant. Once the issuing authority has approved your goods meet the Technical Regulations, your documents will be notarised and issued. This means that the exporter (via your Russian entity), are declaring that the products being sent adhere to the MSDS (Manufacturers Safety Data Sheet) submitted with the application.

A Certificate of Conformity can be made in the name of the foreign manufacturer or suppliers name. They can be issued with a validity of one, three or five years, where commonly they were for single shipment or one or two years. These are valid throughout all member states.

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