Aerosol Dispensers Directive (ADD): overview
This Directive covers aerosol dispensers defined as "non-reusable containers made of metal, glass or plastic and containing a gas compressed, liquefied or dissolved under pressure, with or without a liquid, paste or powder, and fitted with a release device allowing the contents to be ejected as solid or liquid particles in suspension in a gas, as a foam, paste or powder or in a liquid state".
Legislation in force
Aerosol Dispensers Directive 75/324/EEC (ADD) of 20 May 1975 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to aerosol dispensers (OJ-L 147-09/06/1975) amended by:
- Commission Directive 94/1/EC of 6 January 1994 adapting some technicalities of Council Directive 75/324/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the relating Member States to aerosol dispensers;
- Commission Directive 2008/47/EC of 8 April 2008 amending, for the purposes of adapting to technical progress, Council Directive 75/324/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to aerosol dispensers (OJ-L 96-9/04/2008).
Commission Directive 2013/10/EU of 19 March 2013 amending Council Directive 75/324/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to aerosol dispensers in order to adapt its labelling provisions to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (OJEU L 77, 20.3.2013)
+ Corrigendum to Commission Directive 2013/10/EU (OJEU L 91, 3.4.2013)
See also the Consolidated version
Ongoing work - Preparation of possible modifications to the Directive
An impact assessment study about some technical changes to the directive in relation to an increase of the maximum pressure for aerosol dispensers containing non-flammable propellants and the application of similar requirements to plastic and metal aerosol dispensers was conducted in 2013.
Please note that the findings of the study and the options presented do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission services.