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Regulation in the telehealthcare sector in Russia
The Federal Law No. 242-FZ dated 29 July 2017 amended certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation on the use of information technologies in the area of health care providing, in particular, for features of medial aid using telehealthcare technologies, e-document flow in the medial aid provision and the establishment of the Unified State Information System in the healthcare sector.
Russia ratifies the protocol on compulsory licensing of medicines production
On 19 July 2017, the Federation Council approved a draft law on the Adoption of a Protocol on Amending the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) under which TRIPS is supplemented with the provisions regarding the extended application of the mechanism allowing WTO member states to issue compulsory licenses for the production of generic medicines for export and, where required, to use immunity if their actions are challenged by other WTO member states.
Legal developments in the regulation of control over medicines circulation in Russia
In March and April 2017 the following regulatory acts entered into force:

--the Administrative Regulations of the Federal Service for Surveillance in the Health Care Sector (Roszdravnadzor) on Performance of Federal State Surveillance in the Area of Medicines Circulation through the Organisation and Conduct of Inspection for Compliance by Medicines Circulation Entities with the Requirements for Pre-Clinical Trials, Clinical Trials of Medicines, Storage, Transportation, Release, Sale of Medicines, Application and Destruction of Medicines
Improvement of food safety system in the Republic of Azerbaijan
On February 10, 2017, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a decree on “additional measures with respect to the improvement of food safety system in the Republic of Azerbaijan” (“Decree”).
Changes in the rules of subsidising the clinical trials of implantable medical devices in Russia
The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 37 dated 20 January 2017 amended the Rules for Granting Subsidies from the Federal Budget to Russian Organisations for Partial Compensation of Costs Incurred for the Implementation of Projects on the Arrangement and Conducting of Clinical Trials of Implantable Medical Devices within the Sub-Program 'Development of the Medical Devices Production" of under the State Program 'Development of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Industry' for 2013-2020 approved by the Decree No. 1046 of the Government dated 1 October 2015.
Changes in the list of medical goods not subject to VAT in Russia
The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1581 dated 31 December 2016 amended the list of medical goods, the sale and import of which in the territory of the Russian Federation and other territories under its jurisdiction are not subject to (exempted from) the value added tax.