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Product Groups and Criteria

The EU Ecolabel covers a wide range of product groups, from major areas of manufacturing to tourist accommodation services.

Key experts, in consultation with main stakeholders, develop the criteria for each product group in order to decrease the main environmental impacts over the entire life cycle of the product. Because the life cycle of every product and service is different, the criteria are tailored to address the unique characteristics of each product type.

Every four years on average, the criteria are revised to reflect technical innovation such as evolution of materials, production processes or in emission reduction and changes in the market. Because of this, you and your customers can be sure that EU Ecolabel continues to stand for the highest environmental performance.

For more information on the criteria setting process, please see section "Criteria Development and Revision".

Why not check the criteria for your product? You can find out the criteria for your product group, helpful guidance for applying for the label and other relevant documents from the table below.

Personal care products

Rinse-off Cosmetic Products

Rinse-off Cosmetic Products

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 December 2014
Corrigendum IT
Valid until 9 December 2018
Application pack (valid until November)/ User manual Calculation sheet

User Manual
Revision  
Miscellaneous 2014 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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2014 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B

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Technical background report
Fact sheet Rinse-off cosmetic products

Absorbent Hygiene Products

Absorbent Hygiene Products

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 24 October 2014

Validity 24 October 2018
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision  
Miscellaneous  
Fact sheet Absorbent Hygiene Products

Cleaning Up

All-purpose cleaners

Hard Surface Cleaning Products

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 June
Commission Decision of 23 June 2017
Act
Annex
Corrigendum
Amendment
Validity

31 December 2017

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 14 November 2016
Application pack / User manual Calculation sheet 2017 (2016 DID-list) (NEW)
User manual for Calculation sheet (NEW)
Performance + Spreadsheet (NEW)
Declaration Raw Materials
Declaration fragrance manufacturer
User manual (Available in Autumn 2017)
Revision Finalised. Technical report will be available soon.
Miscellaneous 2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A



2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B
(Available in Autumn 2017)
Fact sheet All-purpose cleaners (Available in Autumn 2017)

Detergents for dishwashers

Detergents for Dishwashers

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 April 2011
Amendment
Amendment
Corrigendum to amendment
Amendment
Commission Decision of 23 June 2017
Act
Annex
Validity

31 December 2017

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 14 November 2016
Application pack / User manual Calculation sheet 2017 (2016 DID-list) (NEW)
User manual for Calculation sheet (NEW)
Performance + Spreadsheet (NEW)
Declaration Raw Materials
Declaration fragrance manufacturer
User manual (Available in Autumn 2017)
Revision Finalised. Technical report will be available soon.
Miscellaneous 2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A



2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B
(Available in Autumn 2017)
Fact sheet Detergents for Dishwashers (Available in Autumn 2017)

Industrial and Institutional Automatic Dishwasher Detergents

Industrial and Institutional Automatic Dishwasher Detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision
of 14 November 2012

Commission Decision of 23 June 2017
Act
Annex
Amendment
Amendment
Validity

31 December 2017

Validity prolonged Commission Decision of 14 November 2016

Application pack / User manual Calculation sheet 2017 (2016 DID-list) (NEW)
User manual for Calculation sheet (NEW)
Performance + Spreadsheet (NEW)
Declaration Raw Materials
Declaration fragrance manufacturer
User manual (Available in Autumn 2017)
Revision Finalised. Technical report will be available soon.
Miscellaneous 2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A



2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B
(Available in Autumn 2017)
Fact sheet I&I Automatic Dishwasher Detergents (Available in Autumn 2017)

Hand dishwashing detergents

Hand Dishwashing Detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision of 24 June 2011
Amendment
Commission Decision of 23 June 2017
Act
Annex
Validity

31 December 2017

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 14 November 2016
Application pack / User manual Calculation sheet 2017 (2016 DID-list) (NEW)
User manual for Calculation sheet (NEW)
Performance + Spreadsheet (NEW)
Declaration Raw Materials
Declaration fragrance manufacturer
User manual (Available in Autumn 2017)
Revision Finalised. Technical report will be available soon.
Miscellaneous 2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A



2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B
(Available in Autumn 2017)
Fact sheet Hand Dishwashing Detergents (Available in Autumn 2017)

Laundry detergents

Laundry Detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 April 2011
Commission Decision of 23 June 2017
Act
Annex
Amendment
Amendment
Amendment


Corrigendum to amendment
Validity

31 December 2017

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 14 November 2016
Application pack / User manual Calculation sheet 2017 (2016 DID-list) (NEW)
User manual for Calculation sheet (NEW)
Performance + Spreadsheet (NEW)
Declaration Raw Materials
Declaration fragrance manufacturer
User manual (Available in Autumn 2017)
Revision Finalised. Technical report will be available soon.
Miscellaneous 2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A



2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B
(Available in Autumn 2017)
Fact sheet Laundry Detergents (Available in Autumn 2017)

Industrial and Institutional Laundry Detergents

Industrial and Institutional Laundry Detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision of 14 November 2012
Commission Decision of 23 June 2017
Act
Annex
Amendment
Amendment
Validity

31 December 2017

Commission Decision of 14 November 2016

Application pack / User manual Calculation sheet 2017 (2016 DID-list) (NEW)
User manual for Calculation sheet (NEW)
Performance + Spreadsheet (NEW)
Declaration Raw Materials
Declaration fragrance manufacturer
User manual (Available in Autumn 2017)
Revision Finalised. Technical report will be available soon.
Miscellaneous 2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A



2016 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B
(Available in Autumn 2017)
Fact sheet I&I Laundry Detergents (Available in Autumn 2017)

Clothing and Textiles

Textiles

Textiles

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 5 June 2014

Amendment

Merged Commission Decision of 5 June 2014

Merged Commission Decision of 5 June 2014 Annex

Disclaimer: This document is a merged version of the Commission Decision of 5 June 2014 and its recent Amendment to facilitate reading. It is not an official legal document.

Corrigendum of DE version

Validity 5 December 2020
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Miscellaneous Amendment of the Commission Decision has been published on 25 July 2017.
Revision Not started
Fact sheet soon

Footwear

Footwear

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 5 August 2016

 

Validity

5 August 2022

A transition period until 4 August 2017 is given for Ecolabel licenses that have been awarded in accordance to Commission Decision 2009/563/EC (Corrigendum of DE version)

Application pack / User manual

User Manual (Parts A, B, C, D and E)
User Manual (Part C) - Application form (writable PDF file)
User Manual (Part D) - Declarations (writable PDF file)
User Manual (Part E) - Checklist (writable PDF file)

Revision

Completed

How were the EU Ecolabel criteria for footwear developed: Click here

Miscellaneous Technical Report to be finalized
Fact sheet Footwear

Do-It-Yourself

Paints and varnishes

Paints and Varnishes

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 May 2014

Amendment
Amendment II
Validity 28 May 2018
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision Not started
Miscellaneous Technical background report
Fact sheet Paints and Varnishes

Electronic Equipment

Imaging Equipment

Imaging Equipment

Current criteria Commission Decision of 17 December 2013
Validity 17 December 2017
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision Will be launched shortly
Miscellaneous Technical background report
Fact sheet Imaging Equipment

Personal computers

Personal, Notebook and Tablet Computers

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 10 August 2016 - EU Ecolabel criteria for personal, notebook and tablet computers

Validity

10 August 2019

A transition period until 9 August 2017 is given for Ecolabel licenses that have been awarded in accordance to Commission Decision 2011/330/EU or Commission Decision 2011/337/EU

Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision

Completed

How were the EU Ecolabel criteria for personal, notebook and tablet computers developed:
Click here for more information.

 

Miscellaneous Technical Report
Fact sheet Personal, Notebook and Tablet Computers

Televisions

Televisions

Current criteria Commission Decision of 12 March 2009
Validity 31 December 2017

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 14 November 2016
Application pack / User manual Guidance notes
Application form
Revision Ongoing.
Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous Final report
Fact sheet Televisions

Coverings

Wood-, cork- and bamboo-based floor coverings

Wood-, cork- and bamboo-based floor coverings

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 25 January 2017

Validity 26 January 2023
Application pack / User manual

User Manual

Declaration

Check list

Miscellaneous Technical report to be finalized
Fact sheet Fact sheet to be finalized

Hard floor coverings

Hard Coverings

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 July 2009
Validity

30 November 2017

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision To be decided

Furniture and bed mattresses

Wooden furniture

Furniture

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 28 July 2016

Validity

28 July 2022

A transition period until 27 July 2017 is given for Ecolabel licenses that have been awarded in accordance to Commission Decision 2009/894/EC and its Corrigendum

Application pack / User manual

User Manual (Parts A, B, C, D and E)
User Manual (Part C) - Application form (writable PDF file)
User Manual (Part D) - Declarations (writable PDF file)
User Manual (Part E) - Checklist (writable PDF file)

Revision

Completed
Click here for more information.

Miscellaneous Technical report
Fact sheet Furniture

Mattresses

Bed Mattresses

Current criteria Commission Decision of 23 June 2014
Validity 23 June 2018
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision Not started
Fact sheet Bed Mattresses

Gardening

Growing media and soil improvers

Growing Media, Soil Improvers and Mulch

Current criteria Commission Decision of 18 November 2015
Validity 18 November 2019
Application pack / User manual User Manual (Parts A, B, C, D and E)
User Manual (Part C) - Application form (writable PDF file)
User Manual (Part D) - Declarations (writable PDF file)
Declaration - Criterion 3.1 (Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions)
User Manual (Part E) - Checklist (writable PDF file)
Revision  
Miscellaneous How were the EU Ecolabel criteria for growing media, soil improvers and mulch developed:
Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Growing Media, Soil Improvers and Mulch

Household appliances

Heat pumps

Heat Pumps

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 November 2007

Amendment
Validity Expired
Application pack / User manual Application pack
Revision Following consultation with the EU Ecolabelling Board in June 2016, decision was taken to discontinue the product group
Miscellaneous Report - Heat Pumps, Technology and environmental impact

Presentation - Heat Pumps, Technology and environmental impact
Fact sheet Heat Pumps

Water-based heaters

Water-Based Heaters

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 May 2014
Corrigendum
Validity 28 May 2018
Application pack / User manual User Manual

TEWI Calculation
Revision To be decided
Miscellaneous
Fact sheet Water-Based Heaters

Lubricants

Lubricants

Lubricants

Other Household Items

Sanitary Tapware

Sanitary Tapware

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 21 May 2013
Corrigendum

Validity Expired
Application pack / User manual

User Manual

Legal requirements of the Member States of EU
Revision To be decided
Miscellaneous  
Fact sheet Sanitary Tapware

Flushing Toilets and Urinals

Flushing Toilets and Urinals

Current criteria Commission Decision of 7 November 2013
Validity 7 November 2017
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision To be decided
Miscellaneous Technical Background Report
Fact sheet Flushing Toilets and Urinals

Paper Products

Converted paper

Converted Paper

Current criteria Commission decision of 2 May 2014

Corrigendum
Validity

02 May 2017

Prolongation until 31 December 2020 in progress

Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision Not started
Fact sheet Converted Paper

Newsprint paper

Newsprint Paper

Current criteria Commission Decision of 12 July 2012
Validity 31 December 2018
Validity Prolonged
Commission Decision of 4 June 2015
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Newsprint Paper

Printed paper

Printed Paper

Current criteria Commission Decision of 16 August 2012

Corrigendum

Amendment
Validity 31 December 2018
Validity Prolonged
Commission Decision of 4 June 2015
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Declarations
Check-List
Revision Please note that stationery paper products will fall within the scope of new EU Ecolabel criteria for 'Converted paper', which was voted positively last November 2013 by the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee. However, the criteria have not been adopted yet by the Commission, as the scrutiny period is still on-going. Concurrently with the adoption of the converted paper criteria, the Commission will also adopt an amendment deleting stationery paper products from the scope of EU Ecolabel criteria for printed paper
Miscellaneous The EU Ecolabel for printed paper products. Best practice Guide.
Fact sheet Printed Paper

Copy and graphic paper

Copying and Graphic Paper

Current criteria Commission Decision of 7 June 2011

Corrigendum
Validity 31 December 2018
Validity Prolonged
Commission Decision of 4 June 2015
Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Copying and Graphic Paper

Tissue paper

Tissue Paper

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 July 2009

Corrigenda of dehuromânăfisv versions
Validity 31 December 2018
Validity Prolonged
Commission Decision of 4 June 2015
Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Tissue Paper

Holiday Accommodation

Tourist accommodation services

Tourist Accommodation Services

Current criteria Commission Decision of 25 January 2017
Validity 26 January 2022
Application pack / User manual

User manual

Checklist

Verification form

Technical report

Miscellaneous

Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR)

Bookdifferent Eco-labelled hotels

 

Fact sheet Fact sheets to be finalized

Products Groups under Development

Category Criteria development information
Food and feed products? The Commission has undertaken a study on the feasibility of developing Ecolabel criteria for food and feed products.  Read the final report of the feasibility study and the opinion of the European Union Ecolabelling Board. Based on these two inputs the Commission is not intending to develop Ecolabel criteria for food and feed products at this time. The Commission could, however, revisit this question at some point in the future considering the possible role of the EU Ecolabel within the framework of the development of any wider EU food strategy, in particular in light of developments in methodologies, and other tools, for measuring the environmental impact (including by, for example, environmental footprinting) of products.
Office Buildings

The work on the Ecolabel criteria has temporarily been put on hold while the European Commission develops a framework with core indicators for the assessment of the environmental performance of buildings. This work is part of the implementation of the Communication Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector (COM (2014) 445) and is planned to deliver a first set of indicators by 2017/2018, which can then feed into the development of Ecolabel criteria in a consistent way.

The work on GPP criteria (available at: http://susproc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/buildings/index.html) has however continued and will present results shortly. This policy instrument will naturally later also benefit from the work on the implementation of COM (2014) 445 and will take results from that process into account in future revisions.

Cleaning Services Ongoing. Click here for more information.