Russia and Customs Union Postpone New Low Voltage Safety Regulations

This Compliance Today blog post is supplied by MET Labs Russian partner Elmas Group.

The new Russian Technical Regulation (TR) “On the Safety of Low Voltage Equipment” which was to come into force on January 1, 2012, was postponed again. Originally, this TR was scheduled to become effective from December 30, 2010 and was postponed until December 27, 2011. The second displacement of the effective date happened on December 12, 2011 (Federal law #426-FZ). The next planned enforcement date of “On the Safety of Low Voltage Equipment” is January 1, 2014.  

These actions of Russia’s regulators were due to delays in the implementation of Technical Regulation for the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union.  The Customs Union Technical Regulation “On the Safety of Low Voltage Equipment”, which was to come into force on July 1, 2012, was postponed (Decision of Customs Union Commission #884 at December 9, 2011).

This decision was made because of the adoption of the Customs Union Technical Regulation “On Electromagnetic Compatibility” (Decision of Customs Union Commission #879 at December 9, 2011).

Both Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (CU) for electrical products – “On Safety of LVE” and “On Electromagnetic Compatibility” – will be in effect from February 15, 2013.

National Russian certification system GOST R concerning electrical products remains until February 15, 2013.

All issued early GOST R certificates (declarations) and CU certificates of transitional period are valid until March 15, 2015.

Find out more about requirements, cost, and lead time for product compliance in Russia and CIS countries.

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