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).

Russia: Draft safety requirements for lifting equipment

Federal Service on Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (RosTechNadzor) is planning to amend safety rules for major hazard facilities operating lifting equipment.

The existing safety rules apply to different types of lifting equipment, including:

Russia: Published revised statistical reporting form on wastes

All organisations that perform “waste management activities” in Russia involving industrial and consumer wastes, are required to use a revised statistical reporting form for the period starting from 1 January 2017.

“Waste management activities” include collection, accumulation, transportation, processing, utilisation, neutralisation and disposal of wastes. 

Russia: Extended validity period for air emission limits

As of 27 July 2017, individual air emission limits set for facilities and their emission sources (so-called “PDV projects”), are to be valid for 7 years, instead of 5.  

Any facility emitting polluting substances into the ambient air is required to develop individual air emission limits (PDV Project) and to have it approved with the environmental authorities.

Russia: Proposed additional requirements to protect disabled, young and elderly consumers

A proposal has been submitted that would amend the Law of the Russian Federation on Consumer Rights Protection No. 2300-I of 7 February 1992. The proposal would impose additional requirements pertaining to product marking that aim to protect the rights of disabled persons, children and elderly consumers.

The amendments would include the following obligations:

Russia: Adopted fire safety identification requirements for buildings and structures

As of 30 July 2017, owners and operators of production, administrative or other buildings and structures are required to identify fire safety characteristics of such a building or structure. These and other amendments were introduced by Federal Law No. No. 244-FZ of 29 July 2017 that amended Technical Regulation on Fire Safety of the Russian Federation.

This means that for each building and structure the owner or operator must identify the following:

Russia: Stricter water protection requirements adopted

As of 1 January 2019, facilities discharging wastewater into centralized water discharge systems must do so on the basis of “wastewater composition norms” that are to be set individually for each facility.

The amendments adopted by Federal Law No. 225-FZ, clarify and define wastewater purification responsibilities of organisations using centralized wastewater discharge systems and organisations operating those systems.

Russia: Low-alcohol drinks containing tonics are prohibited from 2018

Starting from 1 January 2018 Russia prohibits production and sale of low-alcohol drinks containing tonics, except when they are intended for export outside Russia. The prohibition applies to drinks with alcohol content not exceeding 15% and containing certain types of tonics. The list of such tonics is to be adopted separately by the Russian Government.