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AGREEMENT

of March 13, 1992

About carrying out coordinated policy in the field of standardization, metrology and certification

(as amended on 22-11-2007)

Governments of the State Parties of this agreement,

noting the international nature of standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity,

recognizing their need for ensuring compatibility, interchangeability of products, its safety for life and health of the person, environmental protection,

understanding their important role in elimination of technical barriers in trade and economic and sci-tech cooperation, in increase in production efficiency,

recognizing feasibility of carrying out coordinated policy in the field of standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity,

agreed as follows:

Article 1.

The parties, having complete independence in questions of forming and realization of systems of standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity and the organization of works in this area:

use basic provisions of the operating systems of standardization and metrology and develop them in relation to market economy, harmonizing with the international standards and rules;

recognize the existing state standard specification standards as interstate;

keep abbreviation of "GOST" behind again entered interstate standards, providing harmonization of their requirements with the international, regional and advanced national standards;

carry out assessment works (confirmation) of compliance on the basis of the approved organizational and methodical provisions according to the national legal system;

recognize the existing state standards of units of physical quantities as interstate;

in coordination resolve legal, economic and organizational issues of standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity, including on the basis of bilateral or multi-lateral agreements, programs and engineering designs.

Article 2.

For development of coordinated policy, determination of the main activities at the intergovernmental level in the field of standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity and approvals of questions of financing of works in this sphere Interstate council on standardization, metrology and certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity which part heads of relevant organs of management of participants of this agreement are is created. Functions of Interstate council, its working bodies and the place of their stay are determined by Regulations on Council (is applied).

Article 3.

The parties will pursue coordinated policy in the field of standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity in the following directions:

adoption of general rules of work on standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity which are of interstate interest;

establishment of the single mandatory requirements to products and services ensuring their safety for life and health of the person,   environmental protection, compatibility and interchangeability and also single test methods;

standardization of the all-technical requirements which are of interstate interest;

organization of maintaining and development of qualifiers of technical and economic information and systems of coding;

establishments of units of the physical quantities allowed to application in the State Parties of the Agreement;

maintaining interstate time service and frequencies, information funds of measuring instruments, standard samples and standard help data;

maintaining and development of reference base and system of transfer of the sizes of units of physical quantities;

forming, storage and maintaining fund of interstate standards, international, regional and national standards of other countries and providing agreement parties with these standards. Maintaining and storage of the operating industry standards on the most important groups of products which are of interstate interest;

mutual recognition of results of the state testing, metrological certification, checking and calibration of measuring instruments;

mutual recognition of accredited test, testing, calibrating and measuring laboratories (centers),  certification bodies, certificates on products and systems of quality assurance;

the edition, reissuing, replication and distribution of interstate standards, international and regional standards, other regulating documents on standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity which are of interstate interest;

coordination of programs of preparation and advanced training of personnel in the field of harmonization of technical regulations, standardization, metrology and assessment (confirmation) of compliance;

international cooperation in the field of standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation in these spheres of activity and qualities.

Article 4.

The parties will perform:

financing of general programs and engineering designs  in the field of standardization, metrology and certification by the target direction of means by each participant of the program or engineering design;

financing of own part of works on realization of the main directions of coordinated policy in the field of standardization, metrology and certification independently each participant of this agreement.

In case of mutual calculations between participants  of this agreement the most favored nation treatment is effective.

Article 5.

By mutual consent of the Parties changes which are drawn up by the relevant protocol which is integral part of this agreement can be made to this agreement.

Article 6.

Matters of argument concerning application and interpretation of this agreement are permitted by consultations and negotiations of concerned parties.

Article 7.

Each Agreement party has the right of free secession of his participants on condition of the written notice of depositary at least in 12 months prior to exit. The depositary notifies on it all participants of this agreement in a month.

Article 8.

This agreement becomes effective from the date of its signing.

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