A roundtable “Export of Russian products and international standardization” took place at the Analytical Center.
During the roundtable experts have discussed the role of the Government of the Russian Federation in the development of international standardization as a tool for extending Russian export of products, the order of promoting the Russian national standards to international level and the problem of the wide scale access to the information about the international standards and to corresponding educational services. During the event the experts also considered the ways to integrate Russian enterprises and experts in the international standardization processes such as IEC and ISO.
“Recommendations for standardization are not compulsory for all the countries, however, the compliance of the Russian products with the international standards determine their price and competitiveness in the global market, - said the Head of the Directorate for WTO Policies at the Analytical Center Inna Dudykina. The application of international quality standards provides wide opportunities for the Russian companies to enter the global market and to protect the interests of Russian exporters”. The expert noted the convergence in quality levels of production originated from different countries, international trade support, mutual exchange of scientific and technical informational, as well as provision of interchangeability of elements of complex products are among the main objectives of international standardization.
Ms. Dudykina noted that: “There are three main standardization organizations: ISO, International Electrotechnical Commission – IEC and International Telecommunication Union - ITU”. Additionally she mentioned that there are organizations, which take part in standards development and the WTO is among them. According to her, one of the main conditions for Russia’s accession to the WTO is the compliance with the principles of technical regulations, provided by the Agreement on technical barriers to trade and the Code of good practice for preparation, adoption and application of standards. The expert also noted that a WTO member is supposed to inform about the changes in the standardization system, which may cause barriers. “As of September 1, 2014 twenty five countries and EU take protective measures against Russian products including 9 technical barriers”, - she said.
Alexander Zazhigalkin, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology stated that Russian integration into the international standardization provides the country with an opportunity to influence the strategy of international standardization, to promote national interests, to speed up innovations, to obtain new technical knowledge and to strengthen the credibility of the country.”Russian industry needs stimulation to integrate into international standardization”, - considers the expert. Partial financial subsidies for devising international standards within the state programs, which should stimulate export and replacement of imported goods, adoption of the law “On Standardization in the Russian Federation”, intensification of propaganda and support of Russian export of goods and services worldwide can serve as a good mechanism for stimulation.
The participants of the roundtable noted that the WTO created new challenges for Russian industry and, therefore, it is necessary to provide Russian manufacturers with a wide scale access to the educational services data regarding international standardization.