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Georgia: Technical Regulation on Plastic Food Contact Materials

As of 1 January 2026, manufacturers and importers of food contact materials are required to comply with the adopted Technical Regulation (TR).

The technical regulation aims at the effective functioning of the internal market of plastic materials and articles (items) intended for contact with food, protection of human health and consumer rights.

Russia: The EPR reform postponed

Russia has postponed the adoption of the regulatory framework for the reformed extended producer responsibility (EPR) system to the end of 2022 which means that the revised system is to be operational as of 2023.

Initially, it was intended to introduce the reform in early 2022. The reform would have imposed the obligation on manufacturers and importers to recycle or reuse (“utilise”) 100% of packaging they place on the Russian market.

Moldova: Published list of toy safety standards

As of 30 May 2021, manufacturers and importers of toys in Moldova are required to conform to the published list of Moldavian standards that are equivalent to the harmonised EU standards regulating toy safety. The list was adopted by Order No. 39 of 31 March 2021.

The list of standards consists of 16 positions and includes:

Russia/EAEU: Repealed chemical standards

National standards GOST R 58473, GOST R 58474 and GOST R 58475 have been repealed before they could enter into force.

On 30 May 2022, the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) published Order No. 424-st, according to which the introduction of the following national standards has been cancelled:

Moldova: Adopted Technical Regulation on Personal Protective Equipment

As of 25 March 2023, manufacturers and importers of personal protective equipment (PPE) in Moldova are required to comply with the adopted Technical Regulation.

The TR has been drafted in line with the EU legislation - Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC.

The definition of PPE is identical to the one set out in Regulation (EU) 2016/425.

Ukraine: Adopted statistical reporting form on waste management

As of 1 January 2023, facilities that generate waste and perform waste management operations are required to use a revised waste management reporting form.

The form is to be used in order to submit yearly reports on the waste management operations and the quantity of generated and handled wastes to the State Statistics Authority.

Moldova: law on air quality transposes EU directives

As of 13 May 2024, the law on Ambient Air Quality enters into force in Moldova.

The law partly implements the EU Directive 2008/50/EC (“the Ambient Air Quality Directive”) and the EU Directive 2004/107/EC relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air.