What is the GOST K certificate?
Certificate of Conformity of the Republic of Kazakhstan (GOST K) is a document certifying that the product conforms with the technical requirements specified in the regulatory documents of the Republic of Kazakhstan national GOST system.
The list of goods and services subject to mandatory conformity assessment was approved by the government decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 367 from 20.04.2005 “On product mandatory conformity assessment in the Republic of Kazakhstan”. If the product is listed in this decree but does not require certification of conformity with the technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union, a GOST K certificate will be required to import and sell the goods in Kazakhstan. If the product is not subject to mandatory certification, the producer may obtain a voluntary GOST K certificate.
How to obtain a GOST K certificate?
To obtain a GOST K certificate, the applicant must provide the following documents:
- Technical product description, operating manuals
- Company documents of the producer or the distributor
- Shipping documents (in case the certificate is issued for a batch of goods): invoice, delivery contract
- Product test reports, ISO certificates
Depending on the certification scheme, it may be required to send product samples for testing or carry out a production audit.
Both the manufacturer and the importer in Kazakhstan can act as an applicant. In certain cases, if the imported products have already been certified abroad, they may be subject to recognition in Kazakhstan.
Validity period of a GOST K certificate
The GOST K validity period depends on the certification scheme. The certificate for a batch of goods is valid from 6 months to 1 year. A certificate for a series of goods is issued for 1-2 years, if production audit and sample testing have been carried out, or for 3 years if the applicant has an ISO 9001 quality management system certification.