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Ukraine has published a draft law that, if adopted, will introduce a number of different provisions relating to food contact materials and articles.

Published by the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture in May 2020, the proposed law includes specific measures relating to 17 groups of food contact materials and articles. These groups are:

  1. Active and intelligent materials and articles
  2. Adhesives
  3. Ceramics
  4. Cork
  5. Rubber
  6. Glass
  7. Ion-exchange resins
  8. Metals and alloys
  9. Paper and board
  10. Plastics
  11. Printing inks
  12. Regenerated cellulose
  13. Silicones
  14. Textiles
  15. Varnishes and coatings
  16. Wax
  17. Wood

The draft legislation also includes general requirements and specific provisions relating to:

  • Safety
  • Declaration of Conformity (DoC), traceability and labeling, including the use of the ‘glass and fork’ and ‘DO NOT EAT’ symbols
  • Recycling of plastic materials and articles
  • Good manufacturing practice (GMP), including rules for printing inks
  • State regulation for the production and circulation of food contact materials and articles (state registration, Section III)


Ukraine’s draft law is modeled on several pieces of European Union (EU) legislation relating to food contact materials and articles. These include:

  • 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 legislation states that the law will come into effective six months after it is published.

Stakeholders should be aware that the law allows the use of food contact materials and articles that have been approved in the EU until specific measures have been approved for Article 6 ‘Special measures for groups of materials and articles’.

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