By Paola Pesconi, EAC Regulatory Program Expert
A new technical regulation has been adopted on Aug. 8, 2019 by the Eurasian Economic Commission, for market access in the five countries part of the union: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia.
The regulation has not yet been implemented. The date for enforcement will be defined after the publication of a decision regarding the design of the energy labels and will be no earlier than Sept. 1, 2021.
The newly published regulation sets into place mandatory energy efficiency and energy labeling requirements to be applied in addition to safety, EMC, RoHS and others technical regulations, enforced in the EAEU and to be considered before affixing the EAC mark of conformity.
Products impacted are listed in Annex 1:
- Refrigerating appliances
- Asynchronous electric motors
- Household and office electrical equipment in standby mode and off mode
- Household washing machines
- Domestic dishwashers
- Television consoles
- Electric lamps
- External power supplies
- Circulation pumps
- Electric fans
- Fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast, high-intensity discharge lamps, ballasts and luminaires able to operate such lamps
- Directional lamps, LED lamps and related equipment
- Tumble dryers
- Vacuum cleaners
- Computers and computers servers
- Water pumps
- Air conditioners and comfort fans
Indication of the energy class in Russian language, calculated according to this regulation, will be required to be added to accompanying documents and/or on the product, depending on the product category. This energy label can be prepared and affixed by the manufacturer or by the importer following the specific layout that will be defined by Eurasian Economic Union in an additional document.
The conformity assessment will follow the usual modules and process for the EAC mark. In most of the cases, an EAC Declaration of Conformity is mandatory and the certification remains a voluntary option, with exceptions of lamps and computers (categories 8, 12, 13, 16), which will require mandatory EAC Certificate of Conformity.
To obtain both, EAC Declaration or Certificate of Conformity it is necessary to appoint a local representative acting as an applicant and to involve a local accredited certification body.
Once entered in force, this technical regulation will replace the current national requirements for energy efficiency and energy labeling in force for each member country. A transition period still needs to be clarified.
Technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union "On requirements for the energy efficiency of energy-consuming devices" (TR EAEU 048/2019) adopted by the Decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission no. 114 dated Aug. 8, 2019.
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