Russia: Draft Regulations For GE Feeds And Other Products
The Russian Ministry of Agriculture drafted nine regulatory documents for safety assessment and testing of GE ingredients for feeds, feed additives, veterinary pharmaceuticals, GE animals, GE microorganisms and also regulatory document that outlined the functions of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (VPSS) at the Ministry of Agriculture in these assessments and testing. These documents, as stated, were drafted in accordance with the Government Resolution No. 839 of September 23, 2013 that required Ministry of Agriculture to develop mechanism for registration of feeds. The Resolution No. 839 is scheduled to come to force on July 1, 2017. All drafts were posted on the portal of the draft government documents (www.regulation.gov.ru). These documents, if adopted, will have great impact on the development of Russian agricultural biotechnology and on trade in agricultural products and veterinary pharmaceuticals. However, these draft documents were not notified to WTO. The GAIN report contains unofficial translations of these nine draft documents.