01.12.2006 Customs clearance procedure for medicaments will change beginning from January 2007

Pursuant to Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation, №72, dated 10.02.04., 72 medicament names will have to be transferred from mandatory certification treatment into the treatment of mandatory declaring of their conformity to safety requirements.

 Like the previous one, the new form of state control is aimed at protection of the Russian market against substandard and adulterated medicaments. The responsibility for their realization is placed upon the following state supervising authorities: Rostekhregulirovanie, Rospotrebnadzor, Roszdravnadzor, Minpromenergo and other agencies.

 Until now, however, a relevant regulatory framework and legislative practice still remain unavailable. Some other problems are still unsolved either.

It is a duty of the Federal customs authorities to demand, beginning from 00 hours of January 1, 2007 in the time of importation of medications, delivery of the declaration of conformity, as well as to control authenticity of submitted documents and data, contained herein.

The Federal customs authorities, concerned with the problems of fulfillment of this task, approached Minpromenergo, Minekonomrazvitiya, Roszdravnadzor, Rostekhregulirivanie and Rospotrebnadzor with the request to take part in the conference to be held on December 4, 2006, and which is expected to elaborate joint steps to be taken to avoid possible delays in customs clearance of medicaments in the incoming year.