Belarus changes over from scheduled inspections of business companies to random checks
MINSK – Belarus will abandon scheduled inspections of business companies and will switch over to random selective checks, which may not be conducted without solid reasons.
The new rules for conducting inspections of business companies are laid down in President Lukashenko’s ordinance No. 376 “On measures to enhance control (oversight) activities” adopted on Oct 16, 2017.
The ordinance has shortened the list of solid grounds for conducting random selective checks. It is emphasized in the document that officers conducting a random selective inspection should focus exclusively on the facts and circumstances, which served as the cause for sending the inspection.
The ordinance abolishes the practice of inspecting Belarusian enterprises on the basis of preliminary materials of law enforcement bodies without a criminal case. Such inspections may be conducted only after a criminal case has been opened.
The document says that officers of the State Control Committee of Belarus (SCC) will be banned from suspending operation of companies following random inspections. SCC officers will only be able to recommend suspending the operation of companies, while it will be up to the company management to take a decision.
The document provides that under the aegis of the SCC they will set up the Interdepartmental Council on Control (Oversight) Activities.
Besides, Belarus plans to implement a reform of the in-house control system, which will change its focus on production enhancement and audit.