Rules of Olympiad
Approved on May 9, 2004,
by General Meeting of representatives
of founding organizations of International Mendeleev
Chemistry Olympiad among schoolchildren,
steering committee of 38 IMO and supervisors
of national teams of member countries
of 38 IMO (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova)
I. General
1. This Regulation defines the status, goals and tasks of International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad among schoolchildren (hereinafter referred to as MO), and its procedures.
2. As MO succeeds the All-Union Chemistry Olympiad, and is the only Olympiad among schoolchildren to continue throughout all these years after USSR collapse, preserving all the best traditions and gaining wide popularity and international reputation, this Olympiad has obtained international status.
3. The main goals and tasks of MO are as follows:
development of international contacts and friendly relationships between gifted children from the Common wealth of Independent States (CIS) and Baltic states, and other countries;
stimulation of active work of students interested in chemistry, by means of independent and creative solution of chemical problems, both theoretical and experimental;
creative exchange in chemical education of member countries in order to maintain high standards;
finding most gifted students of high schools and assisting them in acquiring higher education in leading higher educational institutions of member countries;
MO working language is Russian.
4. MO takes place annually, in late April – early May in one of the member countries.
5. MO is initiated by M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (hereinafter referred to as MSU). 
6. MO is organized and conductedwith the assistance of Ministries of Education and departments of chemistry of state universities (or other institutes with relevant profiles), of the MO host countries.
II. MO management bodies
7. Ministry of Education of the MO host country, and MSU:
assign and approve the members of MO Steering Committee;
appoint a Chairman of Methodical Committee;
review the proposals to amend this Regulation submitted by Steering Committee, Methodical Committee, and MO Jury, and member countries;
approve the MO results report of Steering Committee and Jury.
III. MO Steering Committee
8. MO Steering Committee is formed annually, at least a year prior to the consecutive Olympiad. This Committee performs all the activities related to preparing and holding IMO as per this Regulation.
9. Two Co-Chairmen manage the Steering Committee. One co-chairman represents the host country, the second co-chairman is the Dean of Department of Chemistry of MSU. Both co-chairmen possess equal rights in settling all the issues.
10. When preparing and conducting MO, the Steering Committee:
sends out invitations to MO member states, settles all the issues related to numbers, reception and stay of MO national teams with the government authorities of member countries;
approves the MO Jury members;
prepares MO budget;
enables the work of Methodical committee, which is preparation of tasks and   methodical materials, replication of the texts of MO problems;
elaborates and implements the MO procedures;
organizes the reception and accommodation of member countries at MO facilities;
organizes and conducts scientific and methodological workshops and Jury discussions on contemporary problems of chemical science and education in member countries, with further publishing of materials;
interacts with mass media and organizes covering of process and results of MO in mass media;
prepares and submits the report on the process and results of MO to public education bodies of Russian Federation and host country not later than two months after its completion.
IV. Methodical Committee
11. The Chairman manages the operation of Methodical Committee.
12. The Chairman of Methodical Committee selects the members of the committee from among the representatives of member countries.
13. The tasks of the Methodical Committee are as follows:
devising the scientific and methodical concept of MO;
preparation of tasks and their solutions for theoretical ad experimental rounds of current MO;
devising the criteria for solutions of problems, in scores;
analyzing MO results and devising recommendations for further activities;
compiling books of preparation tasks and other methodical materials related to the Olympiad.
14. At least 3 months before an Olympiad, visiting session of Methodical Committee is conducted, to discuss, analyze, and approve the materials of theoretical and experimental tasks.
15. Methodical Committee works on preparing Olympiad tasks under strict confidentiality.
16. Work of methodical committee is financed from the budget of Olympiad Steering Committee as per the approved budget.
V. MO International Jury
17. Jury is an MO working body, operational during the period of MO. The Jury consists of two co-chairmen and members. The members of the Jury are to be approved  by MO Steering Committee.
18. Jury members are appointed by co-chairmen of MO Steering Committee and Chairman of Methodical Committee.
19. The co-chairmen manage the operation of the Jury. One co-chairman is the Chairman of Methodical Committee, the second co-chairman is appointed by the Steering Committee from among the representatives of host country. Both co-chairmen possess equal rights in settling all the issues.
20. The Jury should:
check and assess the written works of participants and performance of experimental work, as well as review appeals, if any;
decide on MO winners and medalists;
21. Check tasks of theoretical and experimental rounds in encoded form.
22. At least two Jury members are involved in checking every task. Checkers are involved in demonstrating the works to members.
23. If necessary, the supervisor of national team arranges translation of tasks into national language. Jury Co-chairman issues the task for translation before a corresponding round. Translators work under control of Jury member on duty, which ensures absence of contact between translators and participants before the start of the round.
24. Winners and runners-up are determined based on total scores gained for theoretical and experimental rounds.
VI. MO Participants
27. Senior school students of schools in member countries, winners and medalists of national chemistry Olympiads take part in MO.
28. MO is open for national teams of schoolchildren from other countries. New country should delegate an observer to attend an MO session, and afterwards they can apply for the team to participate in MO. MO Steering Committee decides on accepting a new country upon receipt of official application from the Ministry of Education of the country.
29. Number (quota) of participants from each national team is determined by the Steering Committee every year, upon agreement with the supervisors of member teams, considering the team results. Maximum amount of students from each country shall exceed 10 people.
VII. MO Conducting Procedure
30. Information on dates and invitation to MO shall be sent to the educational authorities of member countries at least 6 months prior to the commencement.
31. MO programme includes two theoretical and one experimental rounds. All MO participants, regardless of age and school grade, work on the same task.
32. During preparation and holding of MO, its Steering Committee and other bodies follow this Regulation.
33. During MO, other related activities take place – lectures of scientists and meetings with them, workshops (conferences) and round table discussions to review relevant issues of chemical science and school chemical education with further issue of a digest with all materials.
VIII. Finalizing MO and awarding winners
34. MO defines individual achievements of participants. Team results are not declared. Rating of IMO member countries is defined unofficially.
35. MO winners are awarded with gold medals and I place diplomas. Second and third best students are given silver medals (II place diplomas) and bronze medals (III place diplomas) respectively, other participants are awarded with merit certificates. Maximum number of gold medals should not exceed 10%, silver medals – 20%, and bronze medals – 30% from overall number of participants.  The number of minor medals can be increased at the expense of senior medals, but the overall amount of winners and medalists remains unchanged. Exact number of winners and medalists is determined based on the analysis of encoded results.
36. The MO Steering Committee sends the data on MO winners and medalists from among the senior school students to the Ministry of Education of member countries, with request to enroll them for the first year of chemistry related departments on special terms(without entrance examinations).
IX. MO Financing
37. MO is financed out of the funds of the host country, contributions of MO founding organizations, fundraising from sponsors, and contributions of organizations that send their teams to participate in MO.
38. The funds are spent as per the budget approved by the Steering Committee.
39. Travel expenses of MO participants and their accompanying persons are borne by sending organizations.
40. Travel expenses of Steering Committee members and members of international jury from Moscow to the venue of MO and back are borne by Russian party.
The main goals and tasks of Olympiad are development and consolidation of international connections and unified educational space in CIS, Baltic states and Eastern Europe; consolidation of positions of Russia as main educational center in CIS; identifying and developing abilities and interests of schoolchildren to scientific chemical work; propaganda of scientific knowledge and intercultural communication.
Olympiad is held annually by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Department of Chemistry of M.V. Lomonosov MSU involving the universities and ministries of education of countries hosting the Olympiad with assistance from Governments of these countries.
Organizing and conducting the Olympiad
Olympiad is held annually in late April – early May. Country and city to host the consecutive Olympiad are determined at the Steering Committee meeting based on review of applications from the governments of member countries signed by Ministers of Education of these countries. The Olympiad consists of three rounds – two theoretical rounds and one experimental round.
Rules of participation in Olympiad and determining the winners
Olympiad participants are senior school students of schools of member countries, winners and medalists of national chemistry olympiads in CIS countries, Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania and Macedonia. The number of participants in the Olympiad is determined by the “Regulation ofInternational Mendeleev Olympiad…” and cannot exceed 10 people. All participants regardless of age complete the same task. Schoolchildren winners of Olympiad are awarded with I place diplomas and gold medals; runners-up of Olympiad are awarded with II and II placed diplomas and silver and bronze medals respectively. The number of Olympiad winners and runners-up should not exceed 60% of overall number of Olympiad participants,  10%  – awarded with gold medals, 20% – silver and 30% – bronze.
Olympiad organizational and technical support
Standing Steering Committee of Olympiad has been formed, involving scientists and professors of the Department of Chemistry of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. As per Regulation, every year representatives from the host country are taken into the Steering Committee.
Olympiad Steering Committee:
defines the form of Olympiad and provides organizational and technical support;
approves the members of Methodical Committee and Olympiad Jury;
hears the report submitted by Olympiad Methodical Committee;
determines the procedure of visiting sessions of Olympiad Methodical Committee;
deals with conflicts raised during Olympiad;
submits an annual results report to Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.
Basis for Olympiad
RF Government Decree No. 572 dd. October 21, 2004 on “Programme of Support of Educational Integration Processes in Commonwealth of Independent States by Russian Federation”.
Regulation of International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad among schoolchildren, approved at the joint meeting of the Steering Committee and representatives of member countries on May 9, 2004 in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), 38 International Mendeleev Olympiad.
V.V. Lunin,
Chairman of Steering Committee,
Moscow Mendeleyev Olympiad,
Dean of Department of Chemistry
M.V. Lomonossov MSU,
Professor, Member of RAS