Russia approves Regulation on chemical products safety

Russia has approved the national technical Regulation on the safety of chemical products, which will come into force on 1 July 2021. The Regulation implements the UN’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals and requires the registration of new chemicals and mixtures containing them. Information required includes: a chemical safety report; the intended use of the chemical; data on chemical toxicity and ecotoxicity; analytical methods of control; physico-chemical data; and disposal methods (recycling). “There has long been a need for chemical producers to work out the rules of manufacturing and accountability, while meeting demands by state authorities,” Igor Kukushkin, executive director of Russia’s Union of Chemists (???), said. “The optimisation of standards for chemical products will follow, as well as a supervisory system tasked with monitoring, manufacturing, release and handling of the products. Industry associations will be essential in aiding SMEs which struggle to comply.” However, the new legislative act is not expected to impact producers immediately because a regulatory and supervisory body, which will be responsible for issuing permits and registration, has not been assigned yet, PCX said. EEU discussions Russia was due to sign the Regulation as part of its membership with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). But, in April, the EEU said it was abandoning efforts to reach an agreement on its chemical safety package, due to differences between the member states. It said the package was likely to be redrawn in national legislatures. As a part of the technical Regulation, the EEU has been looking at implementing chemical control procedures. “While a few methods for this have been discussed, the latest versions centre around the registration of a limited number of materials and the safety data sheet (SDS) would be the means of communicating the hazards of these,” Carrie Decatur from consultancy Sphera said at ChemCon 2016. “Work is ongoing in the process for approving this Regulation, but no specific timeline has been given for its passage.” An official from the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), which governs the EEU, said the disagreements between the members have not been ironed out. “The Regulation has gone back to the drawing board, but no action is expected until at least the end of the year.”

Chemical Watch, 26 October 2016 ; ;