Mandatory Labeling of Shoes & Drugs in Russia from July 1

The date when labeling of pharmaceuticals, shoes and cigarettes with Data Matrix codes registered in Chestny Znak (Honest Sign) system becomes mandatory is now final. According to Izvestia newspaper, which refers to a participant of the Cabinet meeting held at the end of May, the circulation of the above-mentioned goods without labels in the Russian market will be banned from July 1. The information was also confirmed by a ministerial source.

The representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor), Federal Customs Service, Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) and Center for the Development of Advanced Technologies (a marking operator) attended the meeting.

The TASS news agency also confirmed government’s plans to start compulsory labeling of shoes and pharmaceuticals on time – from July 1, 2020. According to the minutes of the meeting with Alexei Uvarov, the Deputy of the Chief of the Government Staff, the copy of which is available to the agency, selling unlabeled cigarettes after July 1 will be prohibited.

With this, TELS is again informing its customers that labeling of shoes and other goods with Data Matrix codes is organized in company's warehouses and was tested on real import goods last autumn. TELS has all the resources to handle even a sharp increase in the imported goods subject to mandatory labeling.