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Russia: Extended producer responsibility lies with trademark owners

A letter issued by the Russian environmental protection authority (RosPrirodNadzor) No. AC-10-02-36/13739 dated 28 June 2017, explains that it is the trademark owner who is responsible for compliance with the recycling targets or for paying the environmental charge in relation to products and packaging they have placed on the Russian market.

Russia: Extended producer responsibility will not apply to product components

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has drafted amendments to the Law on Industrial and Consumer Wates No. 89-FZ. The amendments would clarify that manufacturers and importers of product components (rather than finished products) or any materials that are to be used for manufacturing other goods will not have to comply with any recycling targets within the extended producer responsibility (EPR) concept.

Ukraine: Published draft law on energy efficiency

On 18 September 2017 the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving published draft Law on Energy Efficiency.  The draft law would establish the legal framework for energy efficiency and would apply to organisations the activities of which result in energy consumption. 

Russia: Authorities may be allowed to make test purchases

Draft law that would amend the Law on Consumer Protection and the Law on Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Population has been proposed by the Government of the Russian Federation. According to the proposed amendments the market surveillance authority (RosPotrebNadzor) will be allowed to make test purchases as a part of market surveillance activities with the purpose of checking compliance with the applicable sanitary and epidemiological requirements.

Uzbekistan: Manufacturers will be required to declare product compliance

As of 10 December 2017, product manufacturers (and not suppliers, as is currently the case) are required to declare compliance of their products and it is the manufacturers, rather than suppliers, who will be responsible for compliance of their products with all applicable statutory requirements and for the accuracy of all declared product properties.  

Russia: Amended list of products subject to compulsory certification

As of 1 January 2018, manufacturers and importers of certain products and product categories are no longer required to obtain conformity certificates for such products.

Decree No. 855 of 17 July 2017 amended the list of products subject to compulsory certification (adopted by Decree No. 989 of 1 December 2009).

EAEU: Draft Agreement for Common Labelling System of Goods with Control (Identification) Signs

The Eurasian Economic Commission has published, on 8 August 2017, a draft agreement that would establish the legal framework for the common system of labelling products with control (identification) signs.

If the agreement is adopted, it would put in place a system where certain products will be marked with an “identification means” or a “material carrier” which will be used for product identification purposes.