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Russia: Tobacco products to be marked with the means of identification

From 15 January until 31 December 2018 manufacturers and importers of tobacco products have an opportunity to participate (on a voluntary basis) in the pilot project involving marking of tobacco products with identification marks.

The purpose of such an identification is to:

Ensure authenticity of tobacco products;

Russia: How to calculate and report the environmental charges for 2017 within the EPR framework

Manufacturers and importers of products subject to recycling targets (i.e. those subject to the extended producer responsibility) must pay the environmental charge for 2017 before 15 April 2018, if they are required to pay such a charge.

Operators subject to the environmental charge payment are required to submit to the authorities, before 1 April of the year following the relevant reporting year the following documents:

EAEU: Phenylacetone must no longer be used in food production

Phenylacetone (CAS 103-79-7) must no longer be used during the production of food flavourings.

The decision of the EAEU Economic Commission Collegiate No. 1 of 16 January 2018 was adopted to this effect. The Decision is to enter into force from the date the relevant amendment to the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Food Additives, Flavourings and Supplemental Technical Devices enters into force.

EAEU: Revised list of products subject to the Machinery Safety Technical Regulation

As of 19 February 2018, the revised list of products subject to the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Machinery and Equipment (TR TS 010/2011) entered into force. The revised list includes 74 positions, such as heating boilers, publishing equipment, industrial air conditioners, air heaters and coolers, equipment intended for processing of polymer materials, etc.

Russia: Content of trans isomers in food must not exceed 2% of the total fat content

As of 1 January 2018, manufacturers and importers of solid, soft and liquid margarines, milk fat substitutes and special fats must not exceed 2% from the total fat content. This requirement comes from the EAEU Technical Regulation on Milk and Fat Products, TR TS 024/2011. All products manufactured before 1 January 2018 and containing over 2% of trans isomers may remain on the market until their normal expiry dates.

EAEU: Adopted unified Guideline for the quality of modified-release drugs

The adopted Guideline has been approved for the use by the authorized bodies of the EAEU member states.

 The Guideline applies to dosage forms in which the modification of the rate and (or) the place of release of the active ingredient (active substances) in a definite manner is compared with the standard release dosage forms.

Russia: Draft law to regulate organic food production

If adopted, the draft law would set out regulatory framework and main requirements applicable to organic food manufacturers.

In particular, it would require that such manufacturers producing organic food restrict the use of pesticides, agrochemicals, antibiotics, growth stimulators and hormonal preparations in raw materials and production process.

EAEU: Agreement on identification labelling of products

The Agreement concluded on 2 February 2018 in Almaty, provides that EAEU Member States may introduce compulsory identification labelling for certain product groups. The provisions of the Agreement will apply to manufacturers and importers of such product groups.

Russia: Administrative liability for non-fulfilment of extended producer responsibility

Importers and manufactured of certain product categories are required to organise recycling of wastes resulting from the use or consumption of such products, in accordance with the recycling targets set by the Government of the Russian Federation. The obligation of operators (importers and manufacturers) is considered to be fulfilled from either the moment of submitting a report on the fulfilment of the set recycling targets or from the moment they have paid the required environmental charge.

Russia: Installing GLONASS navigation on vehicles transporting dangerous goods

As of 15 April 2018, owners of transport vehicles used for dangerous goods transportation are required to use the revised procedure for the installation of GLONASS navigation system on such vehicles. The requirement to install GLONASS navigation on vehicles transporting dangerous goods has existed before and is not a new one.