News: Criteria for wood, cork and bamboo based floor coverings adopted on 25th January 2017
After 3 years of development involving representatives of industry, government, environmental and consumer organisations revised criteria for wood, cork and bamboo based floor coverings have been adopted by the Commission and published on the 2nd February
Friday, 3rd February 2017
A new product group "Wood-, Cork- and Bamboo-based Floor Coverings" is replacing the previous criteria for "Wooden Floor Coverings", enlarging its scope. The new criteria require that any virgin wood, cork, bamboo and rattan in the finished products originates from certified sustainably managed forests. In addition, a new set of criteria have been introduced to ensure low energy consumption in manufacturing. Furthermore, the new criteria drastically limit the VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) content. In order to promote this new set of criteria, the European Commission is planning to organise a series of workshops. The first one targeting the wood product sector will take place in Germany during the first half of 2017.
The criteria are valid until 2023.
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