Eurasian Economic Union to establish EU-like rapid alert system

_ Linas Jegelevicius. Riga, 7 August 2018.

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is launching a pilot project to create an online system that would allow member states to share information about goods that pose a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers. This is expected to include notifications of hazardous chemicals in articles.

It will be based on international schemes, including the EU’s Rapid Alert System (Rapex) for dangerous non-food products.

Once identified by the system, the product will be removed from the markets of EEU member states Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

It will incorporate EEU‘s technical regulations on the safety of products, including those on: chemical products; and toys.

The Eurasian Economic Commission – the governing body of the EEU – is developing a transitional order that will define the project requirements for interaction between member state competent authorities.

The pilot is slated to begin later this year.

In May last year, environmental NGO Greenpeace said it found high concentrations of phthalates in toys marketed in the EEU. It had previously campaigned for a ban on the substances in toys sold in the region.

The Union has stepped up chemicals-related controls in the last few years. In March, it aligned its regulation on the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment with the EU RoHS legislation.

It has also taken measures on detergents and disinfectants, as well as cosmetics. Additionally, it notified the WTO of draft amendments to the technical regulation of the Customs Union on oils, lubricants and special liquids, which sets requirements on the content of methanol in coolants

And after a delay of almost three years, in March last year the EEU adopted a technical regulation on the safety of chemical products. Expected to come into force by June 2021, it will also set single rules and assessment criteria for identification, terminology, labelling and use of substances.


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