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Current legislation on detergents

  • Consolidated version of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) containing the latest adopted amendment Regulation (EU) No 259/2012
  • Regulation (EU) No 259/2012 български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2012 amending the Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 as regards the use of phosphates and other phosphorus compounds in consumer laundry detergents and consumer automatic dishwasher detergents
  • Regulation (EC) No 551/2009 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of 25 June 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 on detergents, in order to adapt Annexes V and VI thereto (surfactant derogation)
  • Regulation (EC) No 907/2006 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of 20 June 2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 on detergents, in order to adapt Annexes III and VII thereto
  • Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on detergents
    consolidated version (27/06/2009) pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
  • Commission Recommendation C/2005/5677 pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] of 23. December 2005 - Methodology for the tiered approach to testing in the context of Annex IV of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) and read-across rules (see Appendix F) for mineralisation data in the context of Annex III of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004
  • List of the 26 allergenic substances pdf - 12 KB [12 KB] which must be labelled on the packaging of detergents if added at concentrations exceeding 0,01% w/w - see Directive 2003/15/EC (7th amendment to Directive 76/768/EEC, Annex III, part I) on the Cosmetics website / Legislation updates
  • List of the Member States pdf - 55 KB [55 KB] having confirmed that they intend to keep existing national restrictions on the content of phosphates and of other phosphorus compounds in line with Article 14.3 of Regulation (EU) No 259/2012

Guidance on the implementation of the detergents legislation

These guidance documents are not legally binding. They have been drafted by trade associations. The Commission is not responsible for its content.

  • AISE has produced a guideline to help industry with the implementation of the provisions on the biodegradability of surfactants and on the labelling of detergents under Regulation (EC) No 648/2004.
  • CESIO guideline pdf - 164 KB [164 KB] which gives standardised declarations on biodegradability for use on Material Safety Datasheets (MSDS) to enable surfactant manufacturers to fulfil their responsibilities under Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004
  • AISE/CESIO/ECOSOL/FECC guidelines pdf - 382 KB [382 KB] on the transmission of information for surfactants biodegradability as indicated by Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004
  • AISE Wash-Right Website

Reports of the Commission on the implementation of the Detergents Legislation

  • Commission report concerning the biodegradability of the main non-surfactant organic detergent ingredients pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) (May 2009)
  • Commission report concerning anaerobic biodegradation pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) (May 2009)
  • Commission Report on phosphates in detergents pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) (April 2007)
  • Final report (1996-2001)on the results reached by the implementation of Commission Recommendation 98/480/EC pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of 22 July 1998, concerning good environmental practice for household laundry detergents

Studies

Contact points

FAQ

FAQ on the Detergent Regulation pdf - 99 KB [99 KB]

Old legislation

Commission proposal COM (2010) 597 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

Press release

Impact Assessment SEC(2010)1277 final pdf - 767 KB [767 KB]

Summary Impact assessment SEC(2010)1278 final pdf - 51 KB [51 KB]

Opinion of the Impact Assessment Board pdf - 197 KB [197 KB]

Citizen's summary pdf - 22 KB [22 KB]

Old legislation on detergents

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