Eurasian Economic Commission amends packaging safety Regulation

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has approved amendments to its Regulation on the safety of packaging, which includes a reduction of formaldehyde, acetone and other harmful substances in general packaging. It also determines methods to detect such substances. The amendments set new limits of concentrations of metals in packaging: lead: 0.03mg per cubic decimetre (dm3); nickel and chromium: 0.1mg/dm3; and arsenic: 0.05mg/dm3. EEC member states agreed to remove ‘outdated’ safety standards from the 2012 Regulation and include more than 50 new ones. It says it will replace 24 more packaging safety standards in 2017. The amended Regulation is part of the EEC’s program of standardisation across its member states. The EEC is the regulatory body of the Eurasian Economic Union, encompassing Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. Further information is available (in Russian) at: EEC press release (Russian)

Chemical Watch, 24 November 2016 ; ;