Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology

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Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) is the name of the Russian government agency that serves as a national standardization body of the Russian Federation. Previously it was named Gosstandart of Russia.

In 2004, Gosstandart of Russia was folded into the Russian Federation Ministry of Industry and Energy and became known as the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology, or Rostekhregulirovaniye (Ростехрегулирование). From June 2010 the short name became Rosstandart (Росстандарт). The new name reflects a new role the agency is supposed to play in the Russian government's effort to reduce barriers to trade and get the Russian economy more closely aligned with the global marketplace.

Rosstandart recently worked with representatives from the public and private sectors to develop a national standards strategy for the Russian Federation. This document establishes a framework for moving toward the system that is based on voluntary consensus standards. Since the voluntary standards system in Russia is only beginning to emerge, Rosstandart continues its sponsorship and funding of the development of GOST R standards, the national standards of the Russian Federation.

Among other responsibilities of the agency are representing the Russian Federation to international and regional standards organizations (such as the ISO, IEC, and EASC) and administering the GOST R certification program for products.

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