First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov
Representatives of the largest trade unions in the segment of FMCG and entrepreneurial associations of Russia complained to Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov to the amendments the Ministry of economic development. The departments that are not satisfied participants of the market: to give the Supervisory authorities (Rospotrebnadzor, and the Federal accreditation service) the right to deprive the manufacturers certificates of conformity — a document confirming the possibility of implementing the product, its safety and technical performance. Now, the regulators only have the right to send information about the necessity of suspension of authorization documents to the certification body.
“In the case of receiving the regulatory authorities powers to suspend the certificate of conformity (Declaration of conformity) unilaterally… manufacturers with high probability to unwarranted administrative pressure” — said in a letter to Shuvalov, on 10 October 2016 (RBC).
Producers can tolerate the greater risks due to amendments, including the financial loss due to withdrawal of products from circulation, to the letter, signed by 14 leaders of industry unions and associations uniting manufacturers and trading companies from many different markets — from meat, mineral water and ice cream to consumer electronics and computer equipment. In particular, their signatures under the document was signed by Executive Director of NP “RusBrand” Alexey Popovichev, Chairman of the Presidium of the Association of retail companies (akort) Ilya Lomakin-Rumyantsev, Chairman of the Board of Soyuzmoloko Andrey Danilenko and the President RATEK Alexander Onishchuk.
Concern of representatives of trade unions causes the current practice, when the Supervisory authorities treat any violation of the provisions as a “threat to life and health of consumers”. Meanwhile, speech can go only about the complaints about the bugs in labeling of products or fluctuations of indicators of food value, explain the authors of the letter. Most of these claims are often disputed by manufacturers in the courts. The overall level of control remains low, the letter says.
The existing mechanism for the suspension of certificates do you need to change, agree the authors of the letter. But you need to determine the list of grounds for recognition of the certificate is not valid and to develop a mechanism for the resumption of their actions. Also, you need to specify how market participants should arrange the return and disposal of dangerous products do and how they should learn about this solution.
The Ministry of economy proposed amendments give the Supervisory authority the right to unilateral decisions that cannot be challenged, adds the Deputy head of Executive Committee of National meat Association Maksim Sinelnikov (the document signed by the head of the organization Sergey Yushin). This means the withdrawal of the company’s products from the market, which not only lead to financial losses, but just difficult to enforce, says Sinelnikov.
Now the proposal of the Ministry of economy is in the process of negotiation. The latest version of amendments to the law “On technical regulation” the Agency introduced the 28 September meeting of the State Commission to counter illegal turnover of industrial products.