With a population of approximately 3 million people and GDP of USD 4,498.52, Moldova is steadily growing its economy by 4.6 percent annually over the past 20 years. Due to its location, the country is close to both EU and CIS markets. In 1991, Moldova gained independence and has signed free trade agreements with a number of countries and international organizations so far, including WTO membership. A number of large international companies enjoy benefits of free economic zones, with their tax advantages and duty free import. Information and communication technologies is another growing field in Moldova.
However, if your company is planning to sell or import your products to the market of Moldova, there are a number of aspects you should be aware of. In this article we will explore the main specifics of Moldova market access for radio electronic products.
Let’s begin with the main document, which regulates all radio electronic devices. It is the Government Decree 34/2019 from 30.01.2019. It is based on the Law # 235/2011 “On accreditation and conformity assessment activities” and the Law on ratification of the Agreement on the Conformity Assessment and Acceptability of Industrial Goods between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union. The document is mainly focused on essential requirements to the radio equipment and conditions of placing the equipment on the market and putting it into service.
However, some products are out of scope of this document:
The main forms of approval are:
There are three ways for manufacturers of the radio equipment to show compliance with
1. International production control
2. Type examination
3. Full quality assurance
The procedure is chosen depending on the applicable harmonized standards and the way of NCB involvement.
The scope of the technical documentation is also based on the chosen conformity assessment procedure. However, it should contain at least the following:
- General description (photo, user manual, illustration)
- Conceptual design, drawings, schemes, circuits, and other relevant similar elements
- Descriptions and explanations necessary for the understanding of those drawings and schemes, and the operation of the radio equipment
- List of harmonized standards
- Copy of the declaration of conformity or simplified declaration of conformity
- Type examination certificate (when B&C module is used)
- Results of design calculations, examinations, etc.
- Test reports and results
- Explanation of the compliance with the applicable radio spectrum requirements
After the procedure is passed CE mark should be affixed to show compliance of the product with the safety requirements of Moldova. The SM mark is also applied if the radio equipment is intended only for the national market and doesn’t have CE mark.
If you want to get deeper into the topic, take a look at our complete guide on Moldova market access for radio electronic devices.
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