Turkmenistan - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade
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Turkmenistan has made small steps to transition to international trade standards. “Turkmenstandartlary” is the main state standards service that regulates and oversees the entire processes of conformity assessment, product certification, and publication of technical regulations.   Products made in Turkmenistan are labelled with a barcode that starts with number 483.


Turkmenistan uses the National Standards of Turkmenistan (TDS) and General Interstate Standards (GOST).   GOST standards are developed and maintained by the Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (EASC), composed of 12 former Soviet  countries and incorporating former Soviet standards.  Standards and metrology are governed by the Law on Standardization and Metrology of 1993 as well as a series of by-laws.


Turkmenstandartlary is the regulatory agency for standards and metrology in Turkmenistan. There are no other standards organizations in Turkmenistan.  Turkmenistan became a correspondent member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1993.   In 2015, Turkmenistan created a national organization for bar coding.

Testing, Inspection and Certification

All imported goods must be certified as adhering to quality standards set by Turkmenstandartlary.  Bilateral agreements on the acceptance of national state certificates allow for mutually simplified procedures on issuing conformance certificates for imported/exported goods. The United States and Turkmenistan do not have an intergovernmental agreement on standards, metrology, and certification.

Turkmen legislation requires that products be certified.  Gauging equipment also needs to be calibrated by Turkmenstandartlary. In 1998, Turkmenistan introduced a sanitary certification requirement for food products imported into Turkmenistan. The State Sanitary and Epidemiological Inspectorate (SSEI) conducts tests of imported food products to issue certificates of conformity.  Certificates of conformance for food products must be accompanied by a Russian-language product description.  In March 2019, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIE) officially opened the first private sector food safety laboratory in Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan joined the International Standard Association in 1991, and in 1992 began to adhere to the Interstate Council on Standards, Metrology, and Certification that covers CIS countries.

Publication of Technical Regulations

Turkmenstandartlary publishes national standards updates.

Contact Information

Main State Standards Service “Turkmenstandartlary”

12 Galkynysh Ashgabat,

Turkmenistan, 744004

Tel: (993-12) 49-58-59

Fax: (993-12) 51-04-48

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