Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
The government has adopted a system of “voluntary” standards and certification, whereby the importer can choose to conform their products to Georgian standards or the standards of any EU or OECD member country. If foreign standards are chosen, they must be registered by the importer in the National Agency for Standardization, Technical Regulations, and Metrology. Standards for food products are administered by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, although sometimes the Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance, Tax and Customs Administration, applies differing sanitary and phytosanitary standards regulatory interpretations upon the commodity’s arrival.
The main standards organization in Georgia is the National Agency for Standardization, Technical Regulations and Metrology. Conformity Assessment is one of the functions of the National Agency. Partners of the Agency are ISO, ASTM, IEC, CEN, CENELEC, BIPM, COOMET, IRSA. According to the Governmental Order of March 7, 2013, the United States is among 37 EU and OECD counties that have technical regulations that the Georgian government accepts. As part of the DCFTA agreement, Georgia is increasingly adopting non-science-based EU standards instead of international and Codex standards in the food and agricultural sector.
Testing, Inspection, and Certification
If the importer chooses to comply with Georgian standards, there are about 100 test laboratories accredited in the following fields in Georgia:
- Electrical products;
- Products from the chemical, perfume, and pharmaceutical industries;
- Food, drinking water, mineral water, and alcoholic and non‐alcoholic beverages;
- Composition of soil and mineral resources;
- Oil and mineral oil products;
- Glass products;
- Paints and dyes;
- Building materials; and
- Radio engineering products.
Publication of Technical Regulations
Publication of technical regulations is the responsibility of the National Agency for Standardization, Technical Regulations, and Metrology. Regulations are posted on the Agency’s page and/or published in Georgian government’s online legislative herald, Matsne.
Use ePing to review proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures
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Notify U.S., operated and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 2003 to distribute and provide access to notifications (and associated draft texts) made under the WTO TBT Agreement for US stakeholders, has reached its end of life. Per obligation under the TBT Agreement, each WTO Member operates a national TBT (and an SPS) Enquiry Point. National TBT Enquiry Points are authorized to accept comments and official communications from other national TBT Enquiry Points, which are NOT part of the WTO or the WTO Secretariat. All comment submissions from U.S. stakeholders, including businesses, trade associations, U.S domiciled standards development organizations and conformity assessment bodies, consumers, or U.S. government agencies on notifications to the WTO TBT Committee should be sent directly to the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point. Refer to the comment guidance at https://tsapps.nist.gov/notifyus/data/guidance/guidance.cfm for further information.