Today, December 14, there took place a coordination roundtable "Market
surveillance in Ukraine: problems and ways to solve them" that gathered First
Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Maxym Nefyodov, other
representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, as well as senior
officials of services and inspections engaged in market supervision activities.
Within the framework of the Association Agreement, Ukraine has undertaken commitments
to harmonize the system of technical regulation in order to eliminate technical
barriers to trade. Among
the components of technical regulation is the creation of an effective market
surveillance system called to protect consumers from hazardous products.
Such efficient market surveillance is one of the prerequisites for signing
on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Goods (ACAA) between Ukraine
and the EU, which provides for the mutual recognition of certificates of
conformity of industrial products.
"The ACAA creates a free visa regime opening up an opportunity for Ukrainian
goods to enter the EU markets. We
hope it will be signed in the near future, as it is one of the topmost
directions of the economic block of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement",
said Maxym Nefyodov in his
As was reported, the EU Monitoring Mission positively assessed Ukrainian
market surveillance legislation and recognized it as complying with EU legislation
in this area. Meanwhile,
there are a number of problems in the process of the implementation of the
above legislation, in particular, the low level of communication between market
surveillance authorities, inadequate (in some cases not available) staffing,
untimely implementation of measures in requesting for budget funding for the
purchase of non-food products.
To address the aforementioned issues, the Ministry of Economic Development
and Trade of Ukraine, as the body responsible for the shaping of market
surveillance policy, has initiated the holding of a meeting of the coordination
platform between market surveillance authorities. This platform will help maintain
interaction with key stakeholders in this area and identify further ways of
developing the market surveillance system. The next meeting of the platform
participants is planned to be summoned in February 2018 at the level of
responsible specialists of relevant services.