What is the state registration certificate?
State registration certificate for chemicals and hygiene products (abbreviated in Russian as “SGR”) is an official document certifying the product quality and its compliance with sanitary and hygienic requirements. In Russia, product state registration is carried out by Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor).
Following the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union, new unified sanitary and epidemiological requirements were developed. The compliance with these requirements is certified by the state registration certificate. This document replaced Hygiene Certificates (Russian: СЭЗ) which were issued before 2010. The State registration certificate is valid throughout the territory of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan).
If the product is subject to mandatory state registration, obtaining the certificate is necessary to import and sell the goods on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. For certain goods, a state registration certificate is required to obtain an EAC certificate of conformity.
The unified list of goods subject to sanitary and epidemiological control within the Customs Union was stated by the board decision of the Eurasian Economic Union No. 299 from 28.05.2010. To name just a few examples:
- mineral water
- cosmetic products
- household chemicals
Moreover, most of the goods requiring state registration are governed by the technical regulations of the Customs Union. These include but are not limited to:
- specialized food products: baby food, sports nutrition, dietary supplements
- cosmetics and perfumes: hair dye, peels, etc.
- goods for children under 3 years old: hygiene products, underwear, dishes, toys.
How to obtain a state registration certificate?
The procedure of obtaining a state registration certificate is as follows:
- The manufacturer or their authorized representative in EEU submits an application for state registration along with a set of documents to Rospotrebnadzor.
- The producer provides product documentation samples which will be tested for safety and compliance with sanitary standards.
- An accredited laboratory tests the products for compliance with sanitary-epidemiological and hygienic requirements. After the tests a protocol is registered by an expert.
- Based on the protocol from the accredited test lab a state registration certificate is issued and registered. The data is entered into the Unified Register of State Registration Certificates.
Validity of the state registration certificate
A state registration certificate is valid for an unlimited period. The certificate can only be revoked if the Rospotrebnadzor reveals the non-compliance of the goods with sanitary and hygienic requirements during a routine inspection.