Ukraine has published a draft law on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. If approved, the law will enter into force six months after publication.

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In May 2020, the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture published its draft law on food contact materials and articles. This draft law is modeled on several pieces of legislation on food contact materials and articles from the European Union (EU):

  • Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 ‘Framework Legislation’
  • Regulation (EC) 450/2009 ‘Active and Intelligent Materials and Articles’
  • Regulation (EC) 2023/2006 ‘Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)’
  • Regulation (EC) 282/2008 ‘Recycled Plastics’

The draft law contains, inter alia, a number of important provisions:

  • General requirements and safety
  • Specific measures may be adopted for 17 groups of food contact materials and articles (See Table 1)
  • Requirements for declaration of conformity (DoC), traceability and labeling, including the use of the ‘glass and fork’ and ‘DO NOT EAT’ symbols
  • Requirements for recycled plastic materials and articles
  • Good manufacturing practice (GMP), including rules for printing inks
  • Requirements for state regulation of production and circulation of food contact materials and articles (state registration, Section III)

Until specific measures have been approved for Article 6 ‘Special measures for groups of materials and articles’, the law allows the use of food contact materials and articles that have been approved in the EU. 

According to the draft legislation, the law will become effective six months after its publication.

The 17 groups of food contact materials and articles which may be covered by specific measures are listed in Table 1.

Draft Law of Ukraine on the Requirements for Materials and Articles in Contact with Foodstuffs
Article 6 ‘Special Measures for Groups of Materials and Articles’
May 21, 2020
Item Food Contact Material Item Food Contact Material
1 Active and intelligent materials and articles
10 Plastics
2 Adhesives
11 Printing inks
3 Ceramics
12 Regenerated cellulose
4 Cork
13 Silicones
5 Rubber
14 Textiles
6 Glass
15 Varnishes and coatings
7 Ion-exchange resins
16 Wax
8 Metals and alloys
17 Wood
9 Paper and board

Table 1

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 and pave the way for compliance. From overall migration test to expert advices on emerging regulations and compliance issues and documentation review, SGS is the partner to trust. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or visit our website.

Hingwo Tsang
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