Russia. Issue 23 August 2016.

It is not required to additionally confirm waste hazard class for wastes included into the Federal Classification Catalogue of Wastes

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has confirmed that it is not required to undergo the procedure of waste hazard class confirmation for any type of waste included into the Federal Classification Catalogue of Wastes (FKKO)

Law: Supreme Court Decision No. AKPI16-453 (АКПИ16-453) of 1 July 2016

Revised procedure for licensing of narcotics, psychotropic substances and drug precursors

Starting from 9 August 2016, organisations that have to obtain a license for handling narcotics and drug precursors have to follow the revised procedure for obtaining such a license.  The procedure was adopted by Administrative Regulation.

A license is required for handling narcotics and drug precursors. The latter include a number of commonly used chemicals, such as benzaldehyde (concentration of 15% or more), acetic anhydride (concentration of 10% or more), etc.

Law: Order of the Ministry of Healthcare No. 233n of 14 April 2016 on the Adoption of the Administrative Regulation of the Federal Service on Healthcare Supervision on the Issuance of a License for Activities Involving Handling and Turnover of Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors as well as Cultivation of Plants Containing Narcotic Substances

Clarified that for specialists only involved in the operation of pressure equipment it is sufficient to undergo only training on pressure equipment operation

Clarification letter issued by the Federal Service on Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision explains that managers and specialilsts of organisations that only operate pressure equipment should only undergo training on the operation of such equipment without having to undergo training on other activities, such as construction or service of pressure equipment.

Law: Clarification letter No. 09-00-12/4480 of 7 July 2016 issued by the Federal Service on Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision

Waste management licensing procedure has been revised

As of 9 August 2016 organisations that need to obtain, renew or receive a copy of their waste management license must follow the revised procedure for the issuance of such licenses.  

Any organization that collects, transports, processes, utilizes, neutralizes or disposes of class I-IV wastes in Russia is required to obtain a waste management license.

The revised procedure for the issue of waste management licenses regulates which documents any applicant is required to submit to the licensing authority, the timeframe for the issue of a waste management license, and other issues.

Law: Administrative Regulation on the State Service of Issuance of Waste Management Licenses adopted by Order No. 379 of 1 July 2016

GMO Registry is to be created and maintained by the Ministry of Healthcare

Rules for the maintenance of the state registry of Genetically Modified Organisms were adopted by Order issued by the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation.

The Registry is to be maintained by the Ministry of Healthcare of Russia.

All products manufactured with the use of GMO are to be recorded in the Registry.  The information contained in the Registry is to be open for the general public.

Law: Order No. 476n of 5 July 2016 on the Adoption of the Procedure for the Maintenance of the State Registry of Genetically Modified Organisms and of Products Manufactured with the Use of Such Organisms or Containing Such Organisms

Draft law aims to introduce the system of professional risk management

If adopted, the draft law would introduce into the occupational health and safety system the concept of professional risk management.  This means that, among other things, employers would have to take professional risk management measures that would involve identification of hazards as well as evaluation and decrease of professional risk levels.  Also, an employer would have to terminate its activity if working conditions at their facility have been classified as “hazardous”, until the employer eliminates the causes for such classification.