New Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan Customs Union (CU) Regulation effective from mid-February

by G&M Compliance (March 1, 2013)

The Customs Union Technical Regulations (CU TR 004/2011) N° 768 “safety of low-voltage equipment” (LV CU TR) and CU TR 020/2011 N° 879 “EMC of technical devices” (EMC CU TR) were published on 16 August 2011 and 9 December 2011 respectively. Both regulations will come into effect on February 15, 2013. Starting from that date, manufacturers must apply for certification according to the new LV CU TR 004/2011 and EMC CU TR 020/2011. All user manuals are required to be in Russian.

LV CU TR will cover all low voltage equipment including Information Technology Equipment, Consumer Electronics, Appliances, Lighting and Industrial Equipment rated from 50V to 1000V AC and 75V to 1500V DC. EMC CU TR covers all technical devices capable of creating electromagnetic interference and/or affected by external electromagnetic interference.

LV CU TR 004/2011 will allow testing and certification to be conducted in one of the member countries as the basis for the issuance of either a CU Certificate or Declaration. The CU Certificate or Declaration will allow this product to circulate in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan without the requirement for individual national certificates. The new CU Certificate or Declaration will be valid up to 5 years.

For products covered by the LV CU TR scope, CU Certificates are required for a specific list of products (see Appendix) and a Declaration is required for all other products not included in this list. For products requiring a Declaration, the customer may choose to obtain a CU certificate in lieu of obtaining the mandatory CU Declaration.

Products in conformity with LV CU TR and EMC CU TR will be marked with the CU mark:


Implementation Timeline for CU Certificates

For products certified before September 2, 2011 (date of the official issuance of the Regulation), no action is required by the customer until the expiration date of their current Russia (GOST R), Belarus (STB) or Kazakhstan (GOST K) certificate approaches.

GOST R, STB or GOST K certificates issued between September 2, 2011 and February 15, 2013 will be valid until March 15, 2015.

Beginning February 15, 2013, customers must apply for certification according to the new LV CU TR 004/2011 and EMC CU TR 020/2011, which will supersede all existing national certification systems.

For more information, please contact G&M Compliance, Inc. at 714.628.1020