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Ukraine: Revised Maximum Levels of Certain Contaminants in Food

As of 4 February 2021, food manufacturers and importers that the concentration levels of certain contaminating substances in food do not exceed the revised limits.

The revised limits were adopted by Order № 1238 of 22 May 2020 on Amendments to the State Hygienic Rules and Norms "Regulation on Maximum Levels of Certain Contaminants in Food Products". This Order amends the Ministry of Health Order № 368 of 13 May 2013 on the Approval of State Hygienic Rules and Norms.

Russia: Revised Procedure for Emergency Response Plans

As of 1 January 2021, organisations operating major hazard facilities are to develop the emergency response plans, required by the law, in accordance with a revised procedure. The adoption of the revised procedure will not impact the existing emergency response plans which are to remain valid and are to be revised only in cases, provided by the revised procedure.

Russia: Updated Environmental Pollution Fee Rates

As of 2021 organisations that operate stationary emission sources and/or discharge wastewater into water bodies and/or generate wastes and perform waste disposal operations are required to pay environmental pollution fees subject to the revised rates.

As of 2021, the environmental pollution fee rates are to be paid following the respective rates set for 2018 by Decree 913 of 13 September 2016 with the application of the coefficient that is equal 1.08.

Ukraine: Revised requirements for the official “organic product” logo

As of 14 August 2020, manufacturers and importers of organic food (agricultural products) in Ukraine that is marketed as “organic” must ensure that the “organic” logo they are placing on these products is conformant with the revised Technical Description of the Organic Logo.

The Technical Description of the Organic Logo was adopted by Order No. 67 dated 22 February 2019 and amended by Order No. 1336 of 15 July 2020.

Uzbekistan: Adopted lists of pharmaceuticals and medical devices subject to simplified importation procedure

Uzbekistan adopted a list of medical devices that are used for treating COVID-19 patient and that can be imported into Uzbekistan without state registration and without compulsory certification until 1 October 2020.

This list includes  antimicrobial lamps, intubation tubes, disposable respirators N95, bioboxes, cardio monitors, medical masks, nebulisers, blood samples and containers for storing blood and its components, etc.

Belarus: Adopted 14 standards for cosmetic products

As of 1 August  2020, Belarus has adopted 14 interstate standards (GOST) for perfumery and cosmetic products. The standards regulate safety indicators, methods of their control and measurement, as well as some terms and definitions. The documents were developed by the Belarusian State Institute of Metrology (BelGIM).

EAEU: Food must be marked with a “GMO” sign

As of 26 June 2020, all food manufactured or imported into the EAEU (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan) must be marked with a “GMO” sign if it was manufactured with the use of genetically modified organisms.

KAZAKHSTAN: Revised Rules for the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Manufacturers and importers pf products subject to the extended producer responsibility in Kazakhstan are required to comply with the revised version of the Rules on EPR obligations, including management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), batteries and packaging.

The EPR obligations arise:

-          For manufacturers – from the moment a finished product has been recorded as such in the manufacturer’s internal records;