Multilateral cooperation

Multilateral cooperation of Rospotrebnadzor

In its work on building synergies with relevant international organizations the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumers Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) acts in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal laws of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federation Presidential Decree of 07/05/2012 No. 605 On the Measures for Implementation of the Russian Federation Foreign Policy, as well as the Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation approved by the President of the Russian Federation 12/02/2013.

The main goals of the international activity of Rospotrebnadzor include:

a) ensuring sanitary-epidemiological wellbeing and health protection of the Russian Federation population;

b) sanitary protection of territory of the Russian Federation and implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005);

b) prevention and control of communicable diseases, as well as prevention of non-communicable diseases associated with exposure to harmful factors of the environment;

c) ensuring protection of rights and interests of Russian consumers in the developing global market and raising level of financial literacy among population;

d) assistance to other countries in overcoming public health problems by strengthening communications with specialized departments and by participation in care programs conducted under the aegis of the UN;

e) food safety control and prevention of food-borne diseases.

In order to achieve the aforesaid purposes, Rospotrebnadzor actively interacts within the bounds of its competence with international organizations, and also organizes collaboration with countries all over the world both on bilateral and multilateral basis.

Acknowledging the crucial coordinating role of the United Nations Organization as the basic organization which regulates various aspects of relations between countries, Rospotrebnadzor participates in a number of UN programs and funds aimed at the health protection of children and youth, the environmental protection, the fight against infections including poliomyelitis, HIV/AIDS, influenza, Neglected Tropical Diseases, malaria, and others. In particular, Rospotrebnadzor is actively developing collaboration with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and others.

Moreover the collaboration with the World Health Organization and with the WHO European Regional Bureau remains one of the priorities of Rospotrebnadzors international activity. The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumers Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing also acts as a National Coordinator to apply the International Health Regulations (2005) in the Russian Federation. The current epidemiological situation in the world, the appearance of new infections are challenging public health and the rapid development of the world confirms the need for close interaction between Rospotrebnadzor and the WHO on issues of prevention and control of epidemics.

In order to enhance the control over the safety of imported food products Rospotrebnadzor participates as the Russian Federations contact point in European Commissions Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) and WHOs International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN). After receiving of a RASFF or INFOSAN notification necessary steps are being taken to check and withdraw from the market food products dangerous for human health.

The resources of such interstate associations as the G-20, BRICS the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Commonwealth of Independent States are also actively used for providing sanitary-epidemiological well-being. For years the humanitarian cooperation has been the priority area of interaction with the foreign countries in the framework of intergovernmental organizations. Rospotrebnadzor is always putting the issues of communicable diseases control, food safety and consumer rights protection at the forefront of high-level discussions dedicated to international cooperation in public health.

The Russian Federations accession to the World Trade Organization implies a complete transition to the international standards of food safety with the use of risk assessment methods in case of absence of national scientific evidence. The participation of the Rospotrebnadzor experts in elaboration of the international food safety norms, particularly within the framework of the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission enables active interaction with the member states of the CAC on the issues of harmonization of food safety requirements with particular attention to the factor of not causing harm to human health. This position allows - in case of necessity - to establish in the Russian Federation and on the entire Customs Union territory regulations which are more rigid than required by the international standards, and also to avoid excessive pressure on economic actors.

The main interaction between Rospotrebnadzor and responsible authorities of the European Free Trade Associations member countries is conducted within the framework of WTOs working bodies, as well as within the preparation of the "Sanitary and phytosanitary measures section of the Agreement on Free Trade Area between the Republic of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and EFTA.

Rospotrebnadzor participates in the work on the Russian Federation accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in the following areas: ecology and environmental policy, biotechnology, waste management, safety of chemicals policy, consumer right protection policy, as well as introduction of the principles of appropriate laboratory practice. Rospotrebnadzor experts participate in consultations on preparing the Initial Memorandum of the Russian Federation stand on the OECD legislative acts and the Road Map of Russian Federation accession to the OECD.

Rospotrebnadzor is one of the executive authorities responsible for national implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (BTWC). Representatives of Rospotrebnadzor regularly participate in annual sessions of Conventions member countries and experts intersessional meetings.

Thus, the further development of the international activity of Rospotrebnadzor will contribute to:

  • enhancement of international efforts on counteracting global threats to human health within the framework of the Group of Twenty, BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization;
  • consistent strengthening of the collaboration between the member states of the CIS in the humanitarian and social spheres;
  • intensification of the Eurasian integration within the framework of the Customs Union and the Common Free Market Zone of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan by holding joint activities for sanitary protection of border territories;
  • further strengthening of partnership with the WTO member states and CAC countries.