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GEORGIA: Revised requirements for importing and using plastic and biodegradable bags

As of 2 January 2023, organisations importing or using plastic, compostable or biodegradable bags are required to comply with the revised requirements set out by the revised Technical Regulation.

The Technical Regulation applies to organisations involved in the production, import and (or) sale of plastic bags, oxo-biodegradable plastic bags, oxo-biodegradable plastic bags, biodegradable and (or) compostable bags on the territory of Georgia.

GEORGIA: Adopted Rules for Handling PCBs and PCB-containing Oils

As of 20 December 2022, organisations handling or generating used oils or using electrical transformers or other equipment potentially containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Georgia are required to comply with the revised rules on handling polychlorinated biphenyls  (PCBs) and oils containing PCBs.

GEORGIA: Adopted Technical Regulation on the Safe Use of PPE

As of 3 January 2023, employers and employees using or providing personal protective equipment (PPE) are required to comply with the adopted Technical Regulation (TR).

The TR sets out that PPE must be used only when collective protective equipment or risk mitigation measures are not able to provide an adequate protection and to sufficiently lower the risks.

Employers must provide PPE to their employees, if needed, considering potential risks to the employees’ health and safety.

Employers must provide PPE free of charge and ensure timely service and repair of PPE.

UZBEKISTAN: Adopted safety requirements for printed products intended for schoolchildren

As of 29 December 2022, books and other printed products intended to be used at schools (including preschools) are required to comply with the adopted safety requirements.

All products for schools have been classified into the following categories, based on the school year:

-          1- 4 school years;

-          5-9 school years; and

-          10-11 school years.

UZBEKISTAN: Adopted mandatory reporting forms for organisations

As of 1 January 2023 organisations operating in Uzbekistan are required to submit revised statistical reporting forms, as may be applicable to them. The submission of such forms is mandatory in Uzbekistan.

The list of forms consists of over 100 items and include the following yearly forms that are provided in form of Annexes to the adopted Decision:

-          Report on product manufacturing (Annex 16);

UKRAINE: Revised list of radio equipment standards adopted

As of 6 December 2022, manufacturers and importers of radio equipment in Ukraine are required to use a revised list of standards that ensure compliance with the Ukrainian Technical Regulation on the Safety of Radio-Equipment.

The list contains Ukrainian standards that are identical to EU Harmonised Standards listed under Directive 2014/53/EC (the Radio Equipment Directive or “RED”).

The list consists of 46 positions and includes the following standards:

Uzbekistan: Commenced Transition to the Green Economy

Uzbekistan has adopted Presidential Decree No. PP-436 02.12.2022 “On measures aimed at increasing the effectiveness of reforms with the goal of transition of the Republic of Uzbekistan to a “green” economy until 2030”.

The adopted document approved the Green Economy Transition Program of Uzbekistan providing for the transition to a "green" economy and ensuring "green" growth in the Republic of Uzbekistan until 2030. The plan includes the achievement of the following strategic goals: