Russia: the Law on Standardisation entered into force

The Law on Standardisation in the Russian Federation No. 162-FZ dated 29 June 2015 partly entered into force on 29 September 2015 except a number of provisions which enter into force on 1 July 2016.

 Russia proposes compulsory certification of cement

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has submitted draft decree which aims to impose compulsory certification of cement in Russia. This requirement would allow to diminish the risks to human health and life as well as to private and corporate property and the environment.

Russia has banned “Palcohol” sales

Federal Consumer Protection and Public Welfare Service (Rospotrebnadzor) has announced that, due to the fact that the sale of powder alcohol (“palcohol”) has been permitted in several US states, it is possible that some distributors will try to release this product on the Russian market.

Russia is to suspend the import of "lactose-free" cheeses

Import of “lactose-free dairy products” into Russia may be suspended as under this categories cheese is being imported into the country. The import of cheese from certain countries is currently banned by the Russian Federation. The Federal Consumer Protection and Public Welfare Service is requesting to take the relevant measures.

Russia might allow import of certain products without brand owners’ permission

Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) has sent to the Vice-Premier a list of products for which they propose to allow the parallel import – without brand owners’ permission. The list is said to include cosmetics, perfumery, soft drinks and hygienic products, such as nappies. Also, the list may include pharmaceuticals, vehicle spare parts and medical products.