Describes the country’s standards landscape, identifies the national standards and accreditation bodies, and lists the main national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
Standards for imported goods are subject to state registration through branches of Uzstandart, Uzbekistan’s Agency for Standardization, Metrology and Certification. The national system includes 97 groups of standards and 40 groups of technical guidelines. Most of them still based on outdated Soviet heritage, but the country is in the process of transition to international methods, such as GlobalG.A.P. and ORGANIC.
What standards does the country use? Does it accept standards developed by U.S.-domiciled standards developing organizations (e.g., ASTM, ASME, SAE, API, etc.)? Does the country tend to favor the standards of certain trading partners?
The Uzbekistan Agency for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (Uzstandart) is responsible for certification and standardization policy. Industry standards are developed by industry regulating agencies. According to Uzbekistan’s legislation, the following standard normative documents are applied in the country:
- International (interstate, regional) standards;
- Uzbekistan’s national standards;
- Industrial standards;
- Technical specifications;
- Standards of the enterprise;
- National standards of foreign countries; and
- Administrative-territorial standards.
Foreign entities that do not have a manufacturing presence cannot participate in national standards development.
Testing, Inspection and Certification
What is the general approach to product testing? Can most products enter the market freely? Which must be tested?
By law, Uzbekistani officials may apply nine certification procedures:
- Procedures 1 – 5 include testing of standard samples in one of special accredited laboratories (AL);
- Procedures 3 – 5 also include inspection of production;
- Procedure 6 is based on the assessment of the quality management system;
- Procedure 7 tests pack samples in the AL;
- Procedure 8 tests each sample product in the AL; and
- Procedure 9 reviews the declaration.
Procedures 3 and 7 are most applicable in Uzbekistan. After testing, an accredited body issues a certificate of conformity for a period of up to three years. The relevant decree lists 77 products for which certification is compulsory.
Publication of Technical Regulations
Uzstandard publishes technical regulations and the list of proposed technical regulations on its website. The agency welcomes comments on proposed regulations at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com within a two week period after their publication, though a deadline is not always specified. Information on the technical regulations development program for 2019-2021 is also given in the agency’s website. Regulation on safety of medical devices and equipment may affect this category of products.
Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify to the WTO proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect trade. Notify U.S. (www.nist.gov/notifyus) is a free, web-based e-mail registration service that captures and makes available reviews and key information on draft regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Users receive customized e-mail alerts when new notifications are added by selected countries and/or industry sector(s) of interest and can also request full texts of regulations. This service and its associated websites are managed and operated by the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Provide key contact information and list relevant organizations. Include the standards point(s) of contact at Post.
- Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade: www.mift.uz/en
- State Tax Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan: www.soliq.uz
- Uzbekistan Agency for Standardization, Metrology and Certification Uzstandard: https://www.standart.uz/en/
- State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan: www.customs.uz/en
- U.S.Embassy,Tashkent: BusinessInUzbekistan@state.gov, https://uz.usembassy.gov/
- American Chamber of Commerce: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.amcham.uz