CSA Group update on Eurasian Customs Union explosive atmospheres regulation
28 July 2015
The Technical Regulation of the Customs Union for products used in explosive atmospheres is now in its first year of full implementation, following a 2-year transition period. The Customs Union continues to expand its membership, with the recent introductions of Armenia and Kyrgystan, providing opportunities for further market access for manufacturers under one approval.
From the 15th March 2015 any products used in explosive atmospheres within member states of the Customs requires approval to the Technical Regulation of the Customs Union – TR CU 012/2011.
The History of TR CU 012/2011
The Eurasian Customs Union came into existence on 1st January 2010 as the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, with the aim to harmonise certain legislation to allow the free movement of goods across the member states. The Union has recently been extended to include Armenia and Kyrgystan from January 2015. Whilst the latter 2 countries are now members, TR CU 012/2011 will be phased in, with an expected ratification date of January 2016. Once ratified, a TR CU 012/2011 certificate will be accepted in all 5 Custom Union territories.
TR CU 012/2011 came into force for Belarus, Kazakstan and Russia in February 2013, with the requirement that any new product placed on the market needed to comply with TR CU 012/2011. Existing GOST-certified equipment was acceptable until 15th March 2015, allowing a 2-year transition period for products already certified.
The scope of TR CU 012/2011
The technical regulation applies to electrical equipment, including Ex-components, and non-electrical equipment intended for use in explosive atmospheres.
The difference between GOST-R and TR CU 012/2011
From a certification viewpoint, the approval route calls upon a different set of technical standards for assessment, aligned in the main with IEC 60079 series, with a certificate validity of 5 years. This certificate grants entry to all Custom Union territories who have adopted the regulation (previously GOST-R Ex was valid for 3 years and only granted entry to Russia, for example).
Legal representation (an organisation based in a Custom Unions country must be the applicant for the certificate) and factory audits are also required in order to achieve TR CU 012/2011 conformity.
The Certification Body will typically utilise IECEx test reports as part of the assessment process, ensuring that the majority of projects require no re-testing. Translated manuals and specific marking on product label drawings needs to be considered.
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