With an eye for a better standardisation, metrology, and certification system, Uzbekistan adopted the Laws ‘On Technical Regulation’ and ‘On Compliance Assessment’, while amending the Laws ‘On Standardisation’, ‘On Product and Services Certification’ and ‘On Metrology’ to help small businesses and streamline certification.
The list of products subject to certification has been shortened, and the licensing of meter manufacturing has been abolished.
Businesses are no longer fined for failure to comply with certification requirements, but public officials will bear greater liability.
The twenty-three technical regulations, over 700 mandatory standards have been made voluntary.
Still, Uzstandard, Uzbekistan’s official standardising authority, counts four shortcomings, including inefficient organisational structure, failure to apply ISO standards, weak business support, and failure to monitor high-precision meters.
In moves to address the issues, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the Resolution ‘On Measures for Uzbek Standardisation, Metrology and Certification Agency Revision’.
Under the resolution, Uzstandard shall:
- ensure domestic products comply with modern requirements and are competitive;
- introduce modern quality management systems;
- support exporting businesses in certification and work with international organisations;
- boost technical regulation and metrology;
- introduce new technologies and interactive state services; and
- train and retrain competent staff.
The document approves an Uzstandard revision programme 2017-2021, providing for:
- better standardisation legislation;
- better equipment for Uzstandard’s experimental labs and regional centres;
- adoption of over 2,000 international standards, doubling their proportion in the national normative documents roster;
- new quality management systems at over 9,000 businesses;
- international recognition of Uzstandard’s tests; and
- more cooperation in standardisation and more ICT.
Now, the agency will have two more subunits — the Uzbek Centre for Compliance Evaluation Bodies Accreditation and the National Metrology Institute — while the Republican Testing and Certification Centre will be reorganised.
New standardisation practices will be funded from the budget.
A newly established special working group will oversee programme realisation.
Once realised, the programme will make domestic products more competitive, remove obstacles for external trade, allow for recognition by international labs, and ensure monitor over high-precision meters.
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