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TechnoNICOL Corporation shares views on national standards for construction materials and products

TechnoNICOL Corporation shares views on national standards for construction materials and products
11.10.2016

The TechnoNICOL Head for Standardization and certification Sergey Koldashev supports the performance-based approach to the interstate and national regulatory system and the creation of at least five national centers for technical certification.

On October 6, 2016, Moscow hosts the Conference «On measures intended to complete the instruction of the President of the Russian Federation following the results of the State Council held on May 17, 2016, to bring technical regulatory documents of the building industry in compliance with modern requirements, harmonizing the national and international standards and considering the best global practices». The event was organized by the National Association of Construction Surveyors and Designers (NOPRIZ) and the National Association of Builders (NOSTROI) in cooperation with the Council for technical regulation and standardization of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade and specialized committees of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The TechnoNICOL Head for Standardization and certification Sergey Koldashev in his speech focused on the development and applicability of national standards for construction materials and products on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Community.

The expert stated that the review of technical regulation of the construction sphere started in 2002 with the adoption of the Russian Federal Law 184. Since then, federal laws, technical regulations and numerous by-laws have been developed. Today, the second review of rules and regulations is on the stage of completion. After the reform was launched, national standards harmonized with European codes started developing. Currently, the project is gaining pace.

In the existing circumstances, the performance-based approach to products’ specific properties should be accepted as the prospective regulatory principle for the national and EEU interstate systems. The national system of standardization should be patterned on the standard of the regional system and consider climatic and sociocultural factors.

The launch of new products can be stimulated by increasing the quantity of national technical certification centers to at least five or six. These must be located in different regions of the Russian Federation and geographically easy to access. It is a common practice throughout European countries, as it helps accelerating the emission of technical certificates and decreasing the cost of analysis.

Presently, the system, which evaluates the compliance of products to requirements and standards, does not include the procedure of declaring their physical and mechanical properties. At the same time, this principle is widely adopted in the EC. The declaration of product’s essential properties in national and supranational registrars allow revealing low quality products and creating a self-regulated mechanism for quality control of construction materials.

According to the Committee on technical regulation, standardization and product quality of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, today we have over 1350 acting documents (prescriptive and voluntary) in the building industry, of which 216 have been approved by NOSTROI. Some standards have been given the force of law and are therefore mandatory. Others are implemented within specific communities and have no sector-wide national status. Experts of the Conference highlighted the need for reviewing these documents and developing a single Catalogue of regulatory technological documents for the building industry, which would consider the best global practices.

TechnoNICOL Corporation shares views on national standards for construction materials and products