New EAEU technical regulation ‘On safety of packaged drinking water, including natural mineral water’

On 1 January 2019, the provisions of the new technical regulation ‘On safety of packaged drinking water, including natural mineral water’ came into force. From now on, the labeling of drinking water bottles for babies will be changed and will have to include the labeling ‘intended for children’ or another appropriate marking depending on the purpose. The manufacturer or seller is now obliged to provide information on the age of children for whom drinking water is intended (below or above three years old) and to inform about the total mineralisation, basic composition, the indication of chemical elements, storage conditions and durability after the bottle opening.

The technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) supplements the other mandatory drinking water requirements for packaged and mineral drinking water established under another technical regulation ‘On food safety’ in force since July 2013. The scope of the new EAEU technical regulation covers natural mineral water, including table mineral water, therapeutic-table mineral water and therapeutic mineral water, blended mineral water, natural drinking water, treated drinking water, drinking water intended for children and artificially mineralised drinking water.

Technical regulation sets out special requirements for the production, storage, transport, sale and recycling of packaged drinking water. In particular, producers will have to strictly comply with chemical, microbiological and radiation safety standards.

It was established that the previously issued conformity assessment documents are valid until their expiration date, but no later than until 1 July 2020. At the same time, production of products in accordance with pre-existing requirements may be continued until 1 July 2020.