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The New Standard Will Establish Criteria For The Accuracy Of The Volume And Weight Of Packaging Of Goods In The Russian Market

 In the Russian Federation, a new national standard will appear, setting the limits of the permissible error in weight or volume for prepackaged goods. Thus, the buyer will be sure of the exact volume or weight of the products purchased in Russia. In turn, the manufacturer will receive additional marketing advantages in the market.

The initiative to adopt a national standard was made by the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart, is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia). The new GOST proposes to set the limits of the permissible error from one to nine percent, depending on the weight or volume of the packaging of the goods. The standard will be developed on the basis of the newly improved version of the document of the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) "Guidelines for determining the requirements for the certification system for packaged goods in packages".

Thus, in Russia, the requirements of the interstate standard GOST 8.579-2002 "GSI. Requirements for the number of packaged goods in packages of any kind when producing, packaging, selling and importing them. " This standard establishes the sign "F" as an international mark of conformity of the number of packaged goods in packages with the necessary requirements. The "F" sign is an analogue of the European "e" sign. Its application will be voluntary.

Correspondence of the parameters on the package of the goods to the content is an important factor for the buyer, and demonstrating such reliability is a good marketing move. Therefore, in the opinion of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov , the solution to the problem of such "underdevelopment" is successfully being resolved by the counter movement of the manufacturers of products and its consumers.

"The state here acts rather as an" arbiter ", setting the rules of the game in the form of a standard and ideal indicators that are a useful reference point for all market participants," the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia said. " In a market economy, the organization of such work can be built , for example, in the National Certification System, within the framework of which voluntary confirmation of the declared quality of products to the corresponding GOST is provided. Being the operator of the NSS, Rosstandart is also responsible for monitoring the accuracy of measurements in Russia . "

According to the Head of Rosstandart, Alexei Abramov , the adoption of the standard finally puts a point in establishing control over the "underweight" or "non-payment". In general, this problem has already been solved by the supervision of measuring instruments used in the packaging of products, and in the case of fraudulent schemes in trade - by the response of law enforcement agencies. With the introduction of the new standard, the reliability of the weight and volume of the packaging of the goods will be guaranteed through the systematic inspection by Rosstandart of conformity of certified packaging to GOST. 

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