GOST (ГОСТ) is short for gosudarstvennyy standart (государственный стандарт) or state standard, and is currently maintained by the Euro-Asian Council for Standardization Metrology and Certification or EASC. In the Soviet era, republics had their own bodies, e.g. GOST-R for Russia or GOST-K for Kazakhstan, but the government agency Gosstandart is now named Rosstandart. The Soviet State Quality Mark was a horizontal K in a pentagon with the letters CCCP, and in the 1990s became a stylised PCT.
The GOST mark is being replaced by the new EurAsian Conformity mark (Евразийское соответствие) in the Eurasian Customs Union (EACU or CU) countries: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia; it entered use in 2013 under TR CU 004/2011 ‘On the safety of low voltage equipment’.
The graphic representation of the mark is ‘EAC’ in stylised rectangular letters, all three making a square, and when used it must be larger than 5mm and on a contrasting background colour.
Rostest is the most well known Russian inspection and test house, but any certified body can carry out the approvals process.
BELST is the State Committee for Standardisation of the Republic of Belarus
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