12.11.2021 — Russian Ministry of Construction Plans to Allow Foreign Construction and Engineering Standards in Russia
The Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation has drafted legislative amendments which allow the use of foreign construction and engineering standards in Russian construction projects. If adopted, the amendments would allow developers to rely on foreign technology, international construction codes and engineering standards to prove the safety of their buildings before Russian authorities.
The legislative bill drafted by the Russian Ministry of Construction amends Federal Law dated 30 December 2009 No. 384-FZ “Technical regulation concerning the safety of buildings and structures” and adds foreign standards into the list of documents that may be lawfully used as a basis for construction and engineering works in Russia. As follows from the documents accompanying the bill, it will be possible to use, among others, European standards to prove the bearing capacity of construction objects.
In addition, the bill allows the Russian Ministry of Construction to take independent decisions to allow the use of foreign construction and engineering standards, which may be especially important for foreign investors. The drafters of this bill are hopeful that the use of foreign standards would accelerate the adoption of innovative, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly standards in Russian construction projects, and will allow developers to use new materials and technology.
At present, the bill is published on the website of legislative preparatory materials and is being prepared for the submission to the Russian Parliament.