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Initial Phase of Russia’s National Inventory of Chemical Substances is Complete

Posted on: February 8, 2021

by Konstantin Pimenov

Test tubes in a laboratory - Learn more about Russia's Initial Phase of its National Inventory of Chemical Substances As we previously mentioned, (article April 13, 2020, article November 26, 2019), introduction of the Technical Regulation 041/2017 by the Eurasian Economic Union (TR EAEU 041/2017) set in motion several activities in member countries of the EAEU: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

In Russia, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has been collecting information from businesses on chemical substances manufactured in or imported into Russia with the goal of establishing a national inventory of chemicals present in commerce in the country. The initial proposed schedule of the process has been adjusted a few times due to various reasons, including the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonetheless, in December 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Trade announced that the initial notification process has been completed. The resulting inventory has been posted on the Ministry’s website at the following link:

https://gisp.gov.ru/cheminv/pub/app/search/

As of January 2021, it contains approximately 80,000 substances that can be searched by chemical names and identifiers, such as CAS and EC numbers.

The TR EAEU 041/2017 calls for creation of a union-wide inventory of chemical substances based on national inventories from each member country of the EAEU. According to the previously proposed timeline, EAEU planned to spend approximately 6 months after receiving the information on inventories from each member country to compile a union-wide registry of existing substances with minimal information about these substances, such as names, synonyms and identifiers. After that, about 8-10 months were intended for each member country to update their inventories with additional information on each chemical, such as hazard classification and typical use. After the member-states provide the additional information, a national part of the EAEU inventory would be considered complete.

The TR EAEU 041/2017 is supposed to enter into force on June 2, 2021. However, the date is contingent on the establishment of a union-wide inventory of chemical substances and a mechanism for notification of new substances to the inventory. Considering the fact that formation of the national inventory has been delayed in Russia, it is likely that the entry into force of the TR EAEU 041/2017 will be delayed as well. Details of future notification process are not yet announced, but it is reasonable to expect that from now on any notifications will require significantly more information about chemical substances than during the initial process.

Keywords:

Russia, EAEU, Inventory, Notification


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