As of 1 June 2012, manufacturers and importers of personal protective equipment into the EAEU (Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) are required to comply with the requirements set out in the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Personal Protective Equipment (TR TS 019/2011) – the EAEU TR on PPE.
Adopted methodology for calculating maximum allowable discharges
Starting from 28 February 2017 all organisations belonging to environmental hazard category I or II, discharging polluting substances into water bodies and required to calculate maximum allowable discharges of such substances, must use the adopted methodology for this calculation.
As of 15 January 2017, employers are prohibited to send young workers (i.e those below 18 years of age) on business trips or to make them work overtime or at night. In addition, young workers must not work on weekends or during public holidays. This requirement excludes “creative” workers, those employed by mass media, theaters or concert organisations, provided that one of the worker’s parents or guardians has given their written consent and that the relevant state educational authority has also given its consent.
The recent prohibition of MIT (Methylisothiazolinone) in all leave-on cosmetics marketed in the European Union triggered the start of public campaign in Russia. The campaign is led by the media project “LookBio” and the website ekokosmetika.ru. The aim of this campaign is to totally exclude MIT from child cosmetic products placed on the Russian market.
On 4 August 2016 the text of the draft Technical Regulation (TR) on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment has been published. The text is in line with the European Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). The provisions of the TR would apply to the whole EEU: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.
Draft Customs Code of the EEU is to be submitted for intra-state approval in August 2016
On 26 July 2016 the High Level Working Group dealing with draft Customs Code of the EEU has managed to find an agreement between the parties on the text of the draft Code.
All EEU countries (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan) have ratified the Agreement on the pilot project on light industry product labelling for natural fur products. The Agreement enters into force on 12 August 2016. From this date all fur products distributed or sold in the EEU territory must bear a special identification mark. Sale, storage, use and transportation of unmarked fur clothing and other natural fur products becomes prohibited.
EEU: Simplified conformity assessment procedure for textiles
Draft amendment to Technical Regulation of the Customs Union «On Safety of Toys» (CU TR 008/2011) aims to prohibit placing on the EEU market of toys which have a possible negative impact on the development and health of children causing aggression, fear and anxiety or which provoke children to be intolerant to racial differences or to physical impairments of other people or those which develop their interest in gambling.
Adopted a number of statutory instruments regulating occupational health and public health issues
As of 15 May 2016 a number of Sanitary Rules regulating occupational health and public health issues entered into force in Kyrgyzstan. The instruments were adopted by Decree No. 201 of 11 April 2016 and include the following: