Criteria Development and Revision
- Following consultation with the European Union Ecolabelling Board (EUEB), the Commission, Member States, Competent Bodies and other stakeholders may initiate and lead the development or revision of EU Ecolabel criteria.
If you would like to suggest a new product or service category to be included in the scheme:
- Fill in the product group development form.
- Answer the questions and explain why you are proposing the product or service category, providing any useful data to support the application.
- Send the completed form to the EU Ecolabel Helpdesk.
If you would like to apply to lead the product group criteria development or revision process:
- Please note that you must demonstrate expertise in the product area, as well as the ability to lead the process with neutrality and in line with the aims of the EU Ecolabel Regulation.
- Build up a consortium consisting of more than one interest group.
- Please download and fill in this form and send it to the EU Ecolabel Helpdesk.
- The party responsible for criteria development/revision sets up an Ad-Hoc Working Group (AHWG), bringing together all stakeholders: industry, experts, NGOs, public authorities and other interested parties.
- The AHWG meets about three times a year in order to draft the criteria according to the results of the preparatory work. The preparatory work includes feasibility, environmental and market studies, improvement analysis and revision of existing life cycle analysis or implementation of new analysis where necessary.
- The European Union Ecolabelling Board (EUEB) discusses the drafts during the criteria development process.
- A draft of the criteria is circulated among the relevant services of the European Commission for approval.
- The draft of the criteria is approved by the EUEB.
- A vote is taken by a Regulatory Committee of national authorities.
- Criteria are adopted through a Commission Decision.
- The Commission Decision is published in the Official Journal.
Visit the Joint Research Centre for more information and to participate in the ongoing developments/ revisions of the EU Ecolabel criteria.