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Russia: Prohibition of sale of certain alcohol containing products has been renewed

As of 20 April 2018, retail sellers of ethanol-containing products are to be subject to the renewed restriction (prohibition) of sale of ethanol-containing non-foods, food additives and food flavourings. This prohibition applies to products where the content of ethanol exceeding 28% and which are sold at a price that is below the retail price (for 0.5l) of alcoholic drinks with the content of alcohol exceeding 28%.

Ukraine: Draft Technical Regulation on Ecodesign Requirements for Vacuum Cleaners

The Ukrainian State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving published, on 28 March 2018, a draft Decree that, if adopted, would approve Technical Regulation on ecodesign requirements for vacuum cleaners.

The draft Technical Regulation has been developed in line with the EU Regulation No 666/2013 on ecodesign requirements for vacuum cleaners. 

Ukraine: Occupational safety rules for mechanical cleaning of spare parts

As of 30 January 2018, facilities where works involving mechanical cleaning of spare parts are being performed are required to comply with the adopted occupational safety rules. These Rules set out requirements for the performance of works involving mechanical cleaning of spare parts with the use of shot blasting, sandblasting and hydro-sandblasting, as well as cleaning of spare parts in tumbling drums.

Ukraine: Revised emission norms for thermal power plants

Facilities operating thermal power plants with nominal heat output capacity exceeding 50 MW installed at heating power stations, boiler installations and at industrial facilities, will be required to comply with the adopted permissible emission limits of polluting substances as soon as the adopted norms enter into force. The Norms will enter into force from the date of their official publication. As at 6 April 2018, the Norms have not been officially published.

Ukraine: Technical Regulation on the safety of toys is to enter into force

As of 21 September 2018, importers and manufacturers of toys are required to ensure their products comply with the adopted Technical Regulation on the Safety of Toys (TR). There is no transitional period but all toys that are compliant with the “old” TR on toy safety (i.e. adopted in 2013) and that have been issued conformity assessment documents before the 2018 TR enters into force (i.e. before 21 September 2018) can remain on the market provided that they have been placed on the market before 21 September 2018.

Russia: Amended regulation on drug precursors

As of 29 September 2018, the lists of regulated drug precursors are to be amended. For example, for 1-phenyl-2-nitropropene, that is included into the list of controlled precursors, the requirement to its controlled concentration will be removed (currently – 15% or more).