During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek reported on the improvement of the technical regulation system.

The existing system of technical regulation infrastructure consists of four main areas: technical regulation and standardization; metrology; accreditation and conformity assessment; state control.

As Zhenis Kassymbek reported, the system will be improved in two stages:

1. In 2018, measures will be taken to adopt and implement the new Law “On Standardization” and other amendments to the legislation on the revitalization and improvement of work in the field of metrology and accreditation.

2. Improvement of the conformity assessment and state control system in 2018-2020.

Today, with regards to standardization, business is faced with the problem of having to provide many documents in paper form, refusals to participate in standardization processes. In this regard, a draft law “On Standardization” has been developed, within which a single operator of standardization processes will be defined, which will work through automated systems - the National Standardization Body. The central role in the new approach will be given to technical committees for standardization - dialogue platforms for the discussion of national standards on the principle of “state-business-consumer”.

“The business climate will improve with the adoption of the law through the creation of conditions for proactive development of standards, as well as facilitation of the application of foreign standards in the territory of Kazakhstan,” – Zhenis Kassymbek said.

The Ministry of Investments and Development is also busy with regards to metrology. Changes to the law “On accreditation in the field of conformity assessment” are aimed at improving the accreditation system and strengthening the responsibility of the entities of this field.

Amendments to the law provide for the transition from assessment of standards and measuring instruments to calibration and the introduction of a new approach to state metrological control.

The principles of GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which are intended for use in testing, are important. Thus, a joint Roadmap will be developed in 2018-2019, and following the implementation, the results of testing of Kazakhstan laboratories will be recognized in OECD countries.

It should be noted that the scope of GLP covers the activities of:

- The Ministry of Healthcare in terms of medicines and food additives;

- The Ministry of Energy - assessment of the safety of the impact of chemicals on the environment;

- The Ministry of Agriculture - feed additives, veterinary drugs and pesticides;

- The Ministry of Investments and Development - industrial chemicals and cosmetic products.

The second stage of improving the technical regulation system is aimed at solving problematic issues, such as reduced mutual trust in the results of certification tests and importers avoiding passing certification through the customs procedure “conditional release of goods”. Work has already begun.

In the field of state control, the Ministry proposes to differentiate the powers of state bodies in order to improve the effectiveness of the measures taken. The relevant changes will be worked out in detail together with NCE Atameken and relevant agencies.

Speaking about digitalization and automation of the technical regulation system, Zhenis Kassymbek noted that work is currently underway to transfer information on certificates and declarations of compliance to the Eurasian Economic Commission.

In summation, the Minister noted that work will be carried out to create a unified information system “E-CTRM”, which will automate and integrate all processes, both within Kazakhstan and within the framework of the EAEU.

The First Deputy Minister of Agriculture A. Yevniyev, Minister of Healthcare Y. Birtanov reported on the work in this direction, comments were also made by Chairman of the Board of NCE Atameken A. Myrzakhmetov and First Deputy Prime Minister A. Mamin.

Control over the implementation of measures to improve the technical regulation system is assigned to First Deputy Prime Minister A. Mamin.


Published: 06 February 2018


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