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Uzbekistan: Additional restrictions for the users of subsoil resources

Facilities using subsoil resources are to be required to comply with additional environment protection requirements. The amendments to this effect have been made to the laws “On Nature Protection” and “On Subsoil Resources”.

The amendments clarify that a facility may only use subsoil resources if it complies with all applicable environment protection requirements and observes the rights of all other users of natural resources.

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.  

Ukraine: Published draft eco-design regulations

In August 2017, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving published a number of draft Technical Regulations that would impose eco-design requirements on certain types of products placed on the Ukrainian market.

Eco-design requirements have been proposed for the following products:

Belarus: Adopted consolidated environment protection rules

As of 1 October 2017, all organisations performing activities that have an impact on the environment are required to comply with the adopted environmental protection rules (the Rules).

The Rules contain environment protection requirements regulating:

Russia: WEEE management. Legal framework.

Management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE management) is gaining more and more importance all over the world. Although Russia tends to lag behind the EU in implementing environmental and waste management regulations, it has recently introduced the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) that imposed WEEE management obligations on manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

Kazakhstan: Extended list of contraindications for performing hazardous, harmful or underground works

As of 17 September 2017, organisations are not allowed to employ workers with certain additional diagnoses to perform harmful, hazardous or underground works. The list of contraindications for the performance of such works has been extended to revise the lists of gynecological, nose-ear-throat, psychiatric conditions, conditions impacting the nervous system, etc.

The initial list of such contraindications was adopted by Order No. 379 of 22 May 2015.

Uzbekistan: Compulsory retraining of drivers has been introduced

As of 1 January 2018, all drivers of vehicles that belong to organisations will be required to undergo retraining at least once every 2 years.

As of 1 July 2018, if a driver of any company vehicle does not have a required certificate confirming his or her retraining, they are to be subject to an administrative charge.

EAEU: Adopted Technical Regulation on the safety of packaged drinking water

As of 1 January 2019 producers and importers of drinking water in packaging (including natural mineral water) are required to comply with the provisions of the adopted Technical Regulation on the Safety of Packaged Drinking Water, Including Natural Mineral Water, TR EAEU 044/2017 (the “TR”).