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LAW OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

of April 1, 2008 No. 557-IIIG

About natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts

(as amended on 08-07-2022)

This Law governs the relations arising in the field of studying, use, development and protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Article 1. Basic concepts

1.0. In this Law the following concepts are used:

1.0.1. natural medical resources - suitable for treatment, prevention of diseases and the organization of rest mineral waters, therapeutic muds, medical oil of Naftalan, salty lakes, medical climate, beaches and so forth;

1.0.2. the medical and improving area - the natural territory having natural medical resources;

1.0.3. the resort - especially protected natural territory having natural medical resources in which medical and improving buildings, constructions and objects of tourist infrastructure are placed;

1.0.4. resort case - set of the types of scientific practical activities performed in the field of treatment, prevention of diseases and the organization of rest on the basis of use of natural medical resources;

1.0.5. sanatorium organizations - the organizations located in medical and improving areas and in the territory of resorts and rendering medical and improving services irrespective of form of their property and form of business (sanatoria, boarding houses, rest houses, sports the camp, etc.);

1.0.6. zone of sanitary protection - the territory with the mode of managing, accommodation, environmental management set by the legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic providing protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas, resorts and the sites adjoining to them against pollution and premature depletion;

1.0.7. resort fund of the Azerbaijan Republic - set of all types of the natural medical resources which are on the state accounting, medical and improving areas and resorts.

Article 2. Legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic on natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts

2.1. The legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic on natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts consists of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic, the Law of the Azerbaijan Republic "About especially protected natural territories and objects", this Law, other corresponding regulatory legal acts and international treaties which participant is the Azerbaijan Republic.

2.2. This Law governs the relations arising in connection with use and protection of natural medical resources as within medical and improving areas and resorts, tourist and recreational areas, and located out of their borders.

Article 3. Recognition of the territory by the medical and improving area and resort

3.1. The natural territories having natural medical resources can be carried to medical and improving areas and resorts.

3.2. Recognition of the territory by the medical and improving area or resort is performed based on medicobiological, balneological, geological, hydrogeological and other researches of this territory and natural medical resources which are available for it.

3.3. Improving areas and resorts in the Azerbaijan Republic are divided Lechebno into categories of the international, state and local value. The organization, liquidation of medical and improving areas and resorts, their reference to categories is performed according to the legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic.

3.4. The procedure and features of activities of the certain resort are determined depending on value of this resort by the provision approved by relevant organ of the executive authority. The approximate regulations on resorts affirm relevant organ of the executive authority.

Article 4. Powers of the state in the field of studying, use, development and protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts

4.1. Powers of the state in the field of studying, use, development and protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts consist in the following:

4.1.1. determine the main directions of state policy in the field of the organization of sanatorium treatment and rest;

4.1.2. prepare and perform state programs in the field of studying, use, development and protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts;

4.1.3. set procedure and the mode of use of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts;

4.1.4. keep the state account of resort fund;

4.1.5. provide protection of medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts, to determine the mode and borders of zones of sanitary protection;

4.1.6. exercise the state control over development, rational use and protection of natural medical resources;

4.1.7. perform state examination of development programs of resorts, and also explored reserves of natural medical resources;

4.1.8. organize carrying out scientific research for the purpose of expansion of resort fund and increase in efficiency of its use;

4.1.9. prepare personnel in the field of sanatorium treatment;

4.1.10. attract the state investments, and also foreign investments for development of medical and improving areas and resorts;

4.1.11. create conditions for international cooperation in the field of development of natural medical resources, studying and use of medical and improving areas and resorts.

4.2. The state can grant soft credits to the physical persons and legal entities performing activities in the field of development of medical and improving areas and resorts.

Article 5. Powers of municipalities in the field of use, development and protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts

5.0. Powers of municipalities in the field of use, development and protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts consist in the following:

5.0.1. in the procedure established by the legislation to create on the lands which are in their property, use or lease, medical and improving areas and resorts;

5.0.2. take part in implementation of state programs in the field of use, development and protection of medical and improving areas and resorts;

5.0.3. within the competence to exercise control over rational use and protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas, resorts and their lands;

5.0.4. make decisions on protection and use of resorts of local value;

5.0.5. take part in implementation of international cooperation within the competence.

Article 6. Coordination of activities in the field of studying, uses, development and protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts

Coordination of activities in the field of studying, uses, development and protection of natural medical resources, medical and improving areas and resorts is performed by relevant organ of the executive authority.

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