All testing centers must work to the same standard

5 august 2016

The Analytical Center has held a roundtable “Relevant problems of regulating efforts to improve the energy efficiency of domestic appliances and other goods at the national and and transnational levels,” during which the experts discussed the implementation of the state policy to improve energy efficiency in the trade of goods, including in procurement for state and municipal purposes. Participants in the roundtable included representatives of federal executive authorities, leading testing laboratories, manufacturers and suppliers of electronics, expert organizations.

The specialists talked about creating technical regulations on energy preservation and energy efficiency improvement for the Customs Union as well as options for developing a system of national and international standards. 

RATEK President Alexander Onishchuk believes that the regulations currently used by the industry are greatly outdated and have fallen far behind the current trends. According to the expert, they have to be changed but with a few caveats. “It is important not to introduce any additional requirements for products, their certification, markings, operational documents before an energy efficiency technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union goes into effect,” the specialist explained. Otherwise, these requirements will have to be revised as the regulation goes into effect and that will have a negative impact on the country’s economy and companies operating in the industry, Mr. Onishchuk is sure.

It’s important not to introduce any additional requirements for products, their certification, markings, operational documents before an energy efficiency technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union goes into effect

RATEK President Alexander Onishchuk

The experts devoted special attention to the problem of improving the monitoring of adherence to the energy efficiency requirements in the trade of goods as well as to prospects for the development of independent laboratories as a tool for monitoring the energy efficiency of goods purchased in the state sector. A Panasonic representative believes that Russia does not have enough laboratories that can test the energy efficiency of goods. “We have laboratories, 6 new centers have been built, but in practice we can see all this is not enough,” the specialist complained. “It takes a whole month to run all the required tests on a single fridge. If a manufacturer brings 20 new appliances that need to be brought to market, the testing center will be busy for a whole year running those tests. And what should the other applicants do in the meantime? Just wait in line?’ In the meantime, foreign manufacturers already had their products tested a long time ago, so experts do not think they need to undergo additional tests in Russia. It’s important to recognize documents issued by foreign laboratories. The most important thing is to ensure that all testing centers work to the same standards, Russian and European standards and that the testing methods are harmonized, it’s this principle that the whole approach to testing should be based on, the experts believe.

The roundtable was held by the Analytical Center in conjunction with the Ministry of Indusry and Trade of Russia, Federal State-Funded Institution Rostest-Moscow, UNDP Projects “Standards and Markings for Promoting Energy Efficiency in Russia” and “Transforming the Market to Promote Energy Efficient Lighting Solutions.”