News: DEFRA statement regarding impact of Brexit on the EU Ecolabel Scheme in the UK
The UK Government is still a member of the European Union and will continue to engage with EU business as normal and be engaged in EU decision-making in the usual way.
Wednesday, 20th July 2016
The UK Government is still a member of the European Union and will continue to engage with EU business as normal and be engaged in EU decision-making in the usual way. The decision by the British public to leave the EU does not mean there will be immediate changes. Until the UK formally leaves the EU, it still has a legal obligation to comply with EU law and the EU Ecolabel scheme rules and regulations will apply. Once Article 50 is invoked, the UK will remain bound by EU law until the withdrawal agreement comes into force. The period between invocation of Article 50 and our eventual exit from the EU is two years unless the other Member States agree to extend. Until the UK’s exit from the EU, UK Ecolabel Delivery (UKED), the delivery body for the UK Government’s management of the EU Ecolabel scheme, remains operational. As such, the scheme is open to applications and UKED will continue to contribute to the development of the scheme at EU level. The future status of the UK scheme will be addressed as part of discussions on the UK’s exit from the EU.’
Extension of validity of existing criteria for Printed Paper and Rinse-off Cosmetics and 2 other groups being considered
A written vote has taken place to extend the validity of criteria for 4 product groups: Printed Paper, Rinse-off Cosmetics and Absorbent Hygiene Products.
Revised criteria for 4 product groups approved at the June meeting of the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee
The revised criteria for copying & graphic paper, newsprint, tissue paper and lubricants were approved at a meeting of the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee on 29th June 2016.
Transitional period for revised EU Ecolabel criteria for Detergents extended
Commission Decision (EU) 2017/1214 set revised criteria for various types of detergents. In order to give current licence holders more time to adapt their products to comply the transitional period has been extended from 12 to 18 months