EAC marking: all you need to know

What is the EAC marking, and how to obtain it?

The EAC conformity marking is an essential element for placing products on the market and putting them into service in countries part of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan. The EAC logo demonstrates that the items to which it is affixed have passed EEU conformity checks, meeting all the requirements of the CU Technical Regulations. The EAC mark is obtained through an EAC certificate of conformity or an EAC declaration of conformity, based on the potential health and safety risks of the product type.

The EAC certificate of conformity is issued by an EEE certification body, following an inspection visit to the production plant and sending samples of the product to accredited laboratories.
While the EAC declaration of conformity is a self-certification document issued by an approved body (with possible testing at an accredited laboratory).
For those who are interested in this legislation for the first time, it is worth drawing attention to the difference between the EAC marking and the CE marking. The similarity of the acronyms can be confusing. Still, they are two different things: the first concerns all products that cross the borders of the Eurasian Economic Union, while the second concerns products marketed in the territories of the European Union.

Who should apply for the EAC certificate, and who issues it?

The products for which EAC certification is mandatory are those listed in the Single List, which covers the significant export sectors production, from machinery and chemicals to clothing, products for children and adolescents, and much more. Categories of items not mentioned in the Single List are subject to certification according to the rules of the Member State, where the export or import takes place according to the old national GOST Standard system.

Before the introduction of the EAC marking, manufacturers wishing to place goods on the markets of the former USSR countries were obliged to obtain a certification for each country and a certification for each field of use of a product; now, thanks to the new system, the EAC certification is valid in all EEA countries and refers only to the product, not to its field of use.

Another novelty is that certification cannot be requested directly by the manufacturer, but it is necessary to appoint an Authorised Representative, a subject of EEA law. The Representative is legally accountable to the Competent Authorities for conformity, marking, and any problems arising from introducing products into EU markets.

Certifications are issued by bodies accredited by the Federal Service for Accreditation (Rosakkreditatsiya). Each body can only issue conformity certificates within its area of accreditation.

EAC labeling: dimensions and other practical information

EAC labeling takes the form of a logo to be placed on the products themselves, on their packaging, and the documentation accompanying the product. The EAC logo stands for EurAsian Conformity, and its vector symbol can be downloaded online. When applying the logo, it is necessary to ensure that all logo elements have the same vertical dimension, which must not be less than 5 mm.

Author: Rigon Emanuele
Engineer, entrepreneur and management consultant. Expert in European directives and standards regarding the safety of machinery and work equipment, Russian Technical Regulations, REACH Directive.

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