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Criteria Development and Revision

Following consultation with the European Union Ecolabelling Board (EUEB), the European Commission, Member States, Competent Bodies and other stakeholders may initiate and lead the development or revision of EU Ecolabel criteria.

Criteria development is a multi-step process, with possible stakeholder implication within two of these steps:

  1. Proposal for a new product/service group: Medicinal devices and medicinal products for human or for veterinary use as well as food items are currently excluded from the EU Ecolabel scheme and will not be considered. Before submitting a proposal for a new product or service group to the EU Ecolabel Helpdesk, please visit the Product Group and Criteria page to ensure that your proposed product/service group is not already included within the scope of one of the existing EU Ecolabel product/service groups.
    Please provide the EU Ecolabel Helpdesk with information on your product's/service's environmental benefits in comparison to other products/ services serving the same purpose (i.e., within a product group or service category) along with information on the market relevance. Please note, that the EU Ecolabel is not an award given to a single product, but a benchmark for 10-20% of environmental preferable products within a certain product group. The Helpdesk may ask you for additional information.
    Please contact the EU Ecolabel Helpdesk to obtain the product/service group proposal form.

  2. Proposal to lead a product/service group’s criteria development/revision process: Only if a new product/service group is considered suitable by the EU Ecolabelling Board (EUEB), the European Commission may open a call for proposals to lead its criteria development process. In case the European Commission and/or the EUEB have doubt on the required qualification of the stakeholder to lead the product/service group's criteria development/revision process, the European Commission can choose a different party to lead the process. Visit the Joint Research Centre’s webpage for a complete list of all new and ongoing developments/ revisions of the EU Ecolabel criteria. Stakeholders interested in leading the development/revision of a product/service group’s criteria must possess the following qualifications:
    • Demonstrate expertise in the proposed product group area, as well as the ability to lead the process with neutrality and in line with the aims of the EU Ecolabel Regulation.
    • Be capable of building up a consortium consisting of more than one interest group, organising and leading expert working groups, such as Ad Hoc Working Groups (AHWG).
    • Being scientifically skilled to draw up a preliminary report, a proposal for draft criteria and the associated draft technical report, the final draft criteria and the final draft technical report, the user manual for Competent Bodies and potential licence holders.
    Qualified stakeholders should contact the EU Ecolabel Helpdesk to obtain the proposal form to lead the development/revision of a product/service’s criteria process.

It should be noted that leading a criteria review or development process for a new EU Ecolabel product/service group or requires significant resources and time. This complex process is developed in close collaboration with the European Commission. During this collaboration period, the stakeholder will be expected to provide supporting documentation as laid down in Annex I of the Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 of 25 November 2009 (e.g. a preliminary report, a proposal for draft criteria and the associated draft technical report, the final draft criteria and the final draft technical report, the user manual for Competent Bodies and potential licence holders) to the European Commission that will be discussed at the AHWG and the EUEB meetings. From start to finish, this process takes on average 2 years.