Ukraine has adopted its draft law on the management of chemicals. With the exception of certain provisions, the new law will become effective on November 2, 2024
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine issued Resolution of October 18, 2022 ‘On Adoption as a Basis of the Draft Law of Ukraine on Chemical Safety and Management of Chemical Products’ (Reg. No. 8037). This new piece of legislation contains, several important provisions. It:
- Creates a regulatory framework for the management of chemicals
- Directs powers to government agencies
- Defines responsibilities for economic operators
- Implements the international classification of hazardous chemicals into national law
- Mandates registration of chemicals
- Fulfills requirements for the following international treaties:
- Basel Convention (control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal)
- Rotterdam Convention (Prior Informed Consent (PIC) for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides)
- Stockholm Convention (persistent organic pollutants (POP)), and
- Minamata Convention (mercury)
Highlights of several provisions in the adopted draft law are summarized in Table 1.
Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ‘On Adoption as a Basis of the Draft Law of Ukraine on Chemical Safety and Management of Chemical Products,’ October 18, 2022
|Section to Adopted Draft Law||Highlights|
|Section II ‘Subjects in the field of chemical safety and chemical product management’|
|Section II Chapter IV ‘Ensuring chemical safety’|
|Section II Chapter V ‘Requirements for production and use of chemical products’|
|Section II Chapter XII ‘International cooperation in the field of chemical safety and management of chemical substances’|
The adopted draft law on chemical safety and management of chemical products contains several important effective dates:
- November 2, 2022, for date of entry into force – the day following its publication
- November 2, 2024, for enforcement of the provisions in the law other than those indicated below
- After the date of entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury for Ukraine for Article 10 Clauses 23-25, Article 12 Clauses 12-13, Article 13 Clauses 17-20 and Articles 77-84
The adopted draft law directs the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to issue legislation by May 2, 2024, for compliance with the law.
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