Parliament adopts amendments into standardisation law

ASTANA – The Kazakh Parliament adopted amendments to the law “On Standardisation” at its Oct. 3 plenary meeting. The document was submitted to the head of state for approval.

“The objective of the law is to improve the legislation in the field of standardisation as part of the national standardisation system reform designed to ensure the improvement of product quality, its competitiveness and import substitution. The document is aimed at distinguishing the technical regulation system as an obligatory sphere of technical regulation execution and national standardisation system as the sphere of standard options,” said the release.

The amendment provides for adopting national standards through public discussion based on a consensus   of government, consumer and business interests and ensures standardisation documents are available to users and other interested parties.

The document consolidates government and state bodies’ capabilities regarding standardisation, technical committees and technical experts. It includes a proposal to strengthen the role of technical committees by giving them the opportunity to discuss national standards.

The amendment also regulates the national standardisation system and its authority, defining its role of coordinating standardisation processes, analysis and documents in all areas.

In addition, it establishes the procedure to develop, approve and apply standardisation documents and provides the mechanism for monitoring standards to determine industrial needs and eliminate duplicate or out-dated standards.

The amendments proposed by the Senate (upper chamber of Parliament) relate to cases of administrative violations in technical regulation, as well as granting the issuers access to foreign capital markets and the right to place securities.

Minister for Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek previously noted the need to transition   to the international standardisation model, which contributes to improving competitiveness and import substitution, saving resources and effectively managing production and personnel.

The national standardisation authority will coordinate all processes and create conditions for adopting standards based on the principle of equal rights for all stakeholders.

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