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.
Last Published: 11/8/2017

Turkmenistan has made small steps to transition to international trade standards. “Turkmenstandartlary” is the Main State Standards Service that regulates and oversees the entire processes of conformity assessment, product certification and publication of technical regulations. Products made in Turkmenistan are labelled with a barcode that starts with number 483.

Overview

Turkmenistan uses National Standards of Turkmenistan (TDS) and General Interstate Standards (GOST). GOST standards are developed and maintained by the Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (EASC) composed of 12 F0SU countries and incorporate former Soviet Union standards. Standards and metrology are governed by the Law on Standardization and Metrology of 1993 and a series of by-laws.

Standards

The Main State Standards Service (Turkmenstandartlary) is the regulating agency in the area of standards and metrology in Turkmenistan. There are no other standards organizations in Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan became a correspondent member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1993. In 2015, Turkmenistan created a national organization for bar coding and in May 2015 GS1, a global standards organization, issued a GS1 country prefix of 483 for products made in Turkmenistan.

Conformity Assessment

All imported goods must be certified as adhering to quality standards set by the Main State Inspectorate “Turkmenstandartlary.” Those countries that signed bilateral agreements on the acceptance of national state certificates may enjoy mutually simplified procedures on issuing conformance certificates for imported/exported goods. The United States and Turkmenistan do not have an intergovernmental agreement on standards, metrology and certification.

Product Certification

Turkmen legislation requires that products be certified. Gauging equipment also needs to be calibrated by the Main State Inspectorate “Turkmenstandartlary.” In 1998, Turkmenistan introduced a sanitary certification requirement for food products imported into Turkmenistan. The State Sanitary and Epidemiological Inspectorate (SSEI) conducts tests of imported food products to issue certificates of conformity. Certificates of conformance for food products must be accompanied by a Russian-language product description.

Accreditation

Turkmenistan joined the International Standard Association in 1991, and in 1992 began to adhere to the Interstate Council on Standard, Metrology and Certification that covers CIS countries.

Publication of technical regulations

The Main State Inspectorate “Turkmenstandartlary” publishes national standards updates.

Contact Information

Main State Inspectorate “Turkmenstandartlary”
12 Galkynysh Ashgabat,
Turkmenistan, 744004
Tel: (993-12) 49-58-59
Fax: (993-12) 51-04-48

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