News: Commission to introduce stricter limits to detergents criteria
Commission policy officer Kristine Dorosko announced the update at the Cleaning Products Europe Conference in March 2017.
Friday, 21st April 2017
Kristine Dorosko said the new criteria had been finalised and endorsed by member states in November 2016, following a two year revision process.
The major changes are:
- microplastics will be banned from products;
- removal of the derogation for fragrances classified chronic category 3 (H412);
- stricter requirements on preservatives that allow only a sufficient dose to preserve the product;
- bio-based products must be sourced from sustainable plantations with certification required for palm oil, palm kernel oil and their derivatives; and
- packaging using 80% recycled materials is exempt from all other packaging requirements.
The update will cover the following six product groups:
- all purpose cleaners and cleaners for sanitary facilities;
- hand dishwashing detergents;
- dishwashing detergents;
- industrial and institutional automatic dishwashing detergents;
- industrial and institutional laundry detergents; and
- laundry detergents.
After the new criteria come into effect in June, companies holding the Ecolabel will have a 12-18 month transition period to adapt to the new requirements.
The next revision will take place in five years.
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