The mandatory e-labeling of footwear, medicines and cigarettes in Russia entered into force in July 2020

The mandatory e-labeling of footwear, medicines and cigarettes in Russia entered into force in July 2020

The Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) on June 30, 2020 issued information on mandatory digital labeling of footwear, tobacco products and drugs.

The e-labeling obligation entered into force on July 1

On July 1, 2020 mandatory digital labeling of three following groups of goods was introduced in Russia:

  • drugs
  • footwear
  • cigarettes (both with and without filters)

From that moment, the sale of footwear and tobacco products without the so-called Data Matrix codes is prohibited by law. On the other hand, drugs that were manufactured before July 1 may be sold or used without labeling until their expiry date.

What is Data Matrix Code?

The Data Matrix Code is a digital product passport. The code is unique, placed on each package and allows the goods to be traced from the manufacturer (or importer) to the buyer thanks to the use of digital tracking technology. The purpose of the system is to guarantee the purchase of high-quality, legal goods, to protect the interests of legally operating entrepreneurs, and to ensure the safety and transparency of the production process for consumers.

The Honest ZNAK application will confirm that the goods are legal

To make sure that the goods are legal, you need to scan the code with the Honest ZNAK application. The app is available for free download on iOS and Android smartphones.

During the scan, the buyer receives an immediate confirmation that the product he wants to buy is legally manufactured. In addition, consumers can obtain information about the manufacturer and the expiry date (for medicinal products). The app can also scan barcodes and cash receipts.

The introduced e-labeling system aims to support the development of fair competition on the market. Its’ creators hope that it will create better conditions for traders that operate legally

 

https://www.tks.ru/news/law/2020/07/03/0002