On December 10 the Chamber held a meeting with Mr. Volodymyr Lapa, First Deputy Head of the State Service on Safety of Foodstuffs and Consumer Protection.
Discussion was focused on the following issues:
- Maintenance of the competent body status in relation to the new State Service on Safety of Foodstuffs and Consumer Protection.
- Timeframes of delegation of powers from State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service to State Service on Safety of Foodstuffs and Consumer Protection.
- Current situation with development and adoption of bylaws in the sphere of food safety and quality aimed at implementation of respective European provisions.
- Problematic issues that are faced by business representatives due to regulatory and institutional changes.
As a result of the meeting, the following action items were defined:
- Active cooperation with business representatives in terms of staff formation of the Service.
- Integration of 1 consolidated (among business associations) representative to an Interview Panel on appointment of key positions at the Service.
- Establishment of an expert working group with participation of business representatives to speed up the process of work on bylaws in the sphere of food safety, quality and consumers protection.
- Starting from January the functions of policy making and issuing of permits at the central level are expected to be transferred to the State Service on Safety of Foodstuffs and Consumer Protection.
- Creation of a "single window" system of laboratories and offices during the next year.
- Establishment of detailed and clear procedures of state control and checks in the sphere of food safety based on European approach: involvement of business representatives with legal expertise to draft concrete proposals.
- Speeding up the process of elimination of ambiguities with regard to regulation of registration of baby food, export and import operations (the issue of international certificates), registration of production facilities, etc.
- Joint support of final adoption of the CMU Resolution dealing with the issue of price regulation for "socially significant products".
To learn more, please contact Yuliia Stelmakh, Junior Policy Officer (Food & Beverage).