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Moratorium on inspections 2018

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We suggest starting the year with good news. The Law of Ukraine on the State Budget 2018 has been in force since January 1, and with it a new moratorium on business inspections.

What inspections are prohibited?

The law prohibits conducting scheduled inspections in 2018, all without exception, enterprises and individual entrepreneurs. To conduct unscheduled inspections there are now six grounds:

  1. Complaint of an individual. If the consent of such inspection is given by the State Regulatory Service of Ukraine.

  2. The company's own desire 😊.

  3. Judgment.

  4. Accident, death of the victim as a result of an accident. If it is connected with activity of the enterprise.

  5. An event that has a significant negative impact on people, the environment and the security of the state. So far no one knows what such events are, because the criteria for determining the negative impact must be set by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

  6. It is necessary to check the implementation of the order issued as a result of the previous inspection.

Who is not allowed to check?

In 2017, the moratorium did not apply to a large list of regulatory authorities. So far, the situation has changed dramatically. From January 1, 2018, the Law prohibits inspections of all bodies covered by the Law №877[1]. We wrote in detail about who this law applies to here. Such a total ban will act temporarily. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine must establish a list of bodies that are not covered by the moratorium. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. We will inform about changes in addition. Bodies not covered by Law №877 will continue to conduct inspections on the basis of separate “profile” laws. Such bodies include:

  • customs during customs control at the border;

  • State Export Control Service;

  • State Audit Office during the control over the observance of the budget legislation;

  • National Bank during banking supervision and currency control;

  • State Fiscal Service during currency control;

  • Antimonopoly Committee;

  • National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting;

  • state market surveillance authorities.


  1. Scheduled inspections are prohibited.

  2. Unscheduled inspections only if there are exhaustive grounds.

  3. The Cabinet of Ministers will additionally determine the list of bodies that will be allowed to conduct inspections as usual.

  4. Bodies not covered by Law №877 continue to carry out inspections on the basis of separate “profile” laws.

On January 23, 2018, the situation changed - the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers came into force, by which the Government approved the list of bodies to which the moratorium does not apply. Read more in this article:

A separate comment for lawyers.

Provisions imposing a moratorium are contained in paragraph 9 of the Final Provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2018" №2246-VIII of 07.12.2017. In fact, the deputies extended the validity of the Law of Ukraine "On temporary features of the implementation of measures of state supervision (control) in the sphere of economic activity" №1728-VIII of 03.11.2016. Although on the day of writing this article it is displayed on the official website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as invalid. In addition to extending the validity of this Law, the deputies changed some of its other provisions. Previously, the list of bodies not covered by the moratorium was contained in Article 6 of Law №1728-VIII. Now Article 6 has been reworded and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is obliged to establish a list of such bodies. 12/18/2017 The Cabinet of Ministers has already tried to adopt the Resolution "On establishing a list of state supervision (control) bodies not covered by the Law of Ukraine" On temporary features of state supervision (control) measures in the field of economic activity "". However, at a meeting of the Government of the Ministry of Social Policy expressed its proposals for the text of this resolution, and therefore the Ministry of Economic Development was instructed to finalize its content (data from the website of the Ministry of Economic Development At the time of writing, the Government has not yet taken any decisions on this issue, nor have drafts of such decisions been made public. Therefore, we continue to follow further news.  

Sviatoslav Bartosh

partner of Bargen Law Firm

  [1] Law of Ukraine "On the basic principles of state supervision (control) in the field of economic activity" №877-V  

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