Azerbaijan, Baku, November 29 / Trend, A. Akhundov /
The CIS Interstate Standardization, Metrology & Certification Council will approve more than 1,300 standards before the end of the year, Alexander Zajigalkin, Deputy Head of the Technical Regulation and Metrology Federal Agency of Russia, told Trend on Tuesday.
Zajigalkin attends a meeting of the heads of CIS standardization, metrology and certification national bodies taking place in Baku.
"In connection with the establishment of the Customs Union (CU) and intensification of actions in the field of technical regulation and standardization, we see a new stage of development of normative base. In this regard, we hope very much for intensification of the work of the Interstate Standardization Council. We have defined specially for the Customs Union that standards, which will be used to support CU technical regulations, will be interstate standards developed for all CIS member states, and that the number of standards to appear will increase significantly starting from this year. Currently, there are more than 630 standards for CIS states under voting alone. For comparison, we approved 100 to 150 interstate standards for all CIS states per annum over the past 15 years. At the moment, more than 2,000 standards are under consideration, and we plan to approve more than 1,300 standards before the end of this year," Zajigalkin noted.
He urged Azerbaijan to take notice of this trend and take a more active part in development, voting for, and preparation of proposals.
"This will give Azerbaijan a chance to enhance its normative base and unify it with the CIS modern legal base and thus eliminate all barriers on the path of Azerbaijani goods' access to the markets of all CIS states. This is a serious turning point. If we manage to increase sharply the volume of preparation and approval of interstate standards over the next 2-3 years this will become another step toward mutual economic integration, elimination of barriers and, as a matter of fact, sophistication of the economies of our countries," Zajigalkin noted.
He said these standards cover a variety of branches.
"They are the food industry, machinery and equipment, electrical appliances, lifts, pressure vessels, gas-operating equipment, i.e. a relatively wide spectrum of items," Zajigalkin said.