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Georgia Regulates Food Contact Ceramics

SafeGuardSHardgoods30 Nov 2023

SG 158/23

Georgia has issued a technical regulation to restrict lead and cadmium in food contact ceramics. The restrictions will become effective on January 1, 2026.

On November 15, 2023, Georgia issued Resolution No. 446 of November 14, 2023, approving the nation’s technical regulation on food contact ceramics (the Technical Regulation), a piece of legislation essentially based on Directive 84/500/EEC, as amended, of the European Union (consolidated version to May 2005).

The Technical Regulation contains several important provisions. It:

  • Establishes testing conditions and requirements for the migration of lead and cadmium (Annexes 1 and 2, see Table 1 below for lead and cadmium specifications)
  • Details the declaration of conformity (DoC) requirements for manufacturers and importers of the finished food contact ceramic product
  • Specifies labeling information (Article 10 to Resolution No. 317 of June 5, 2018, on food contact materials and articles, Resolution 317/2018)
  • Emphasizes the requirements for traceability (Article 12 to Resolution 317/2018)

Government of Georgia
Resolution No. 446 of November 14, 2023, regarding the approval of the technical regulation on ceramic articles intended to come into contact with food

CategoryLeadCadmiumEffective date
PASS≤ 0.8 mg/dm2≤ 0.07 mg/dm2January 1, 2026
Category 2:
All other articles which can be filled
≤ 4.0 mg/L≤ 0.3 mg/LJanuary 1, 2026
Category 3:
Cooking ware, packaging and storage vessels having a capacity of more than 3L
≤ 1.5 mg/L≤ 0.1 mg/LJanuary 1, 2026

Table 1

Food contact ceramics that were placed on the market before January 1, 2026, and do not comply with Resolution No. 446/2023, may remain on the market until December 31, 2026.

SGS technical experts have extensive knowledge and testing experience in materials and articles in contact with food. They work to ensure that your products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials, paving the way for compliance. From overall migration tests to expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review, SGS is the partner to trust. Discover more on our website. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested.

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