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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.

Beauty Care

Soaps, shampoos and hair conditioners

Soaps, shampoos and hair conditioners

Current criteria Commission Decision of 21 June 2007
Under revision
Valid until 31 December 2014

Validity prolonged:

Commission Decision of 19 December 2013

Application pack / User manual Application pack
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous From 1 October 2014, only the 2014 version of the DID-list shall be used

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

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

2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B

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Fact sheet Soaps, shampoos and hair conditioners

Cleaning Up

All-purpose cleaners

All-purpose cleaners and sanitary cleaners

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 June
Corrigendum

Amendment

Validity 28 June 2015
Application pack / User manual User manual
Calculation sheet (2014 DID-list)
Performance
Declaration Raw Materials
Revision Will be launched shortly
Miscellaneous From 1 October 2014, only the 2014 version of the DID-list shall be used

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

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

2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B

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Fact sheet All-purpose cleaners

Detergents for dishwashers

Detergents for dishwashers

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 April 2011
Amendment

Amendment

Validity 28. Apr 2015
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Calculation sheet (2014 DID-list)
Calculation sheet (2007 DID-list)
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous From 1 October 2014, only the 2014 version of the DID-list shall be used

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

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

2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B

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Fact sheet Detergents for dishwashers

Detergents for dishwashers

Industrial and Institutional Automatic Dishwasher Detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision
of 14 November 2012

Amendment

Validity 14 November 2016
Application pack / User manual User manual
Calculation sheet (2014 DID-list)
Calculation sheet (2007 DID-list)
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous From 1 October 2014, only the 2014 version of the DID-list shall be used

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

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

2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B

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Technical report
Fact sheet I&I Automatic Dishwasher Detergents

Hand dishwashing detergents

Hand dishwashing detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision of 24 June 2011

Amendment

Validity 24 June 2015
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Calculation sheet (2014 DID-list)
Performance test
Declaration Raw Materials
Revision Will be launched shortly
Miscellaneous From 1 October 2014, only the 2014 version of the DID-list shall be used

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

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

2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B

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Fact sheet Hand dishwashing detergents

Laundry detergents

Laundry detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 April 2011
Amendment

Amendment

Validity 28 April 2015
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Calculation sheet (2014 DID-list)
Calculation sheet (2007 DID-list)
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous From 1 October 2014, only the 2014 version of the DID-list shall be used

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

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

2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B

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Performance test Stain Removers

Performance Test Laundry Detergents

Technical Report
Fact sheet Laundry detergents

Laundry detergents

Industrial and Institutional Laundry detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision of 14 November 2012

Amendment
Validity 14 November 2016
Application pack / User manual User manual
Calculation sheet (2014 DID-list)
Calculation sheet (2007 DID-list)
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous From 1 October 2014, only the 2014 version of the DID-list shall be used

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

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

2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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2007 version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part B

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Technical report
Fact sheet I&I Laundry Detergents

Clothing

Textiles

Textile products

Current criteria Commission Decision of 5 June 2014
Validity 5 June 2018
Application pack / User manual  
Revision Not started
Miscellaneous Overlap criteria okotex
Fact sheet Textile products

Footwear

Footwear

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 July 2009
Corrigendum of DE version
Validity

30 June 2015

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013

Application pack / User manual Application guide
Revision Ongoing.
Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Footwear

Do-It-Yourself

Paints and varnishes

Paints and varnishes

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 May 2014 for indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes
Validity 28 May 2018
Application pack / User manual  
Revision

Not started

Miscellaneous Life Cycle Analysis of 11 indoor decorative paints
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  
Revision Will be launched shortly
Miscellaneous Technical background report
Fact sheet Imaging Equipment

Personal computers

Personal computers

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 June 2011
Validity 9 June 2014
Application pack / User manual Guidance notes
Application form
Revision Ongoing.
Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Personal computers

Portable computers

Notebook computers

Current criteria Commission Decision of 6 June 2011
Validity 6 June 2014
Application pack / User manual Guidance notes
Application form
Revision Ongoing.
Click here for more information
Fact sheet Notebook computers

Televisions

Televisions

Current criteria Commission Decision of 12 March 2009
Validity

31 October 2014

Validity prolonged:

Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual Guidance notes
Application form
Revision Ongoing.
Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous Final report
Fact sheet Televisions

Coverings

Wooden coverings

Wooden floor coverings

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 26 November 2009
Corrigendum 1
Corrigendum 2

Validity 31 December 2015

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous Final report, December 2008
Fact sheet Wooden floor coverings

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 Will be launched shortly

Textile coverings

Textile floor coverings

Current criteria Commission Decision of 30 November 2009

Please note that in the EU Commission Decision 2009/967/EC there are errors in the Italian version. More details.
Validity 31 December 2015

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision Will be launched shortly
Miscellaneous Final report, December 2008
Fact sheet Textile floor coverings

Furniture

Wooden furniture

Wooden furniture

Current criteria Commission Decision of 30 November 2009

Corrigendum
Validity 31 December 2014

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual Application pack
Revision Ongoing.
Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous Final report, October 2004

Raising the environmental quality of furniture: A strategy which also raises the value of the EU Eco-label - Discussion paper by the United Kingdom
Fact sheet Wooden furniture

Gardening

Growing media and soil improvers

Growing media* and soil improvers
*materials in which plants can grow (excluding soil)

Current criteria Commission Decision of 3 November 2006 for Soil improvers

Commission Decision of 15 November 2006 for Growing media
Validity 31 December 2014 - Soil improvers
31 December 2014 - Growing media


Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual Soil improvers
Growing media
Revision Ongoing.
Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Soil improvers

Household appliances

Light bulbs

Light sources

Current criteria Commission Decision of 6 June 2011
Validity 31 December 2014

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual Guidance notes
Application form
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Light sources

Heat pumps

Heat pumps

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 9 November 2007

Amendment

Validity 31 December 2016
Application pack / User manual Application pack
Revision  
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

Validity 28 May 2018
Application pack / User manual
Revision Not started
Miscellaneous
Fact sheet

Lubricants

Lubricants

Lubricants

Other Household Items

Mattresses

Bed mattresses

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

Mattresses

Sanitary Tapware

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 21 May 2013
Corrigendum

Validity 21 May 2017
Application pack / User manual

User Manual

Legal requirements of the Member States of EU
Revision Will be launched shortly
Miscellaneous  
Fact sheet Sanitary Tapware

Mattresses

Flushing Toilets and Urinals

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

Paper Products

Converted paper

Converted paper

Current criteria Commission decision of 2 May 2014

 

Validity 02 May 2017
Application pack / User manual  
Revision Not started
Fact sheet  

Newsprint paper

Newsprint paper

Current criteria Commission Decision of 12 July 2012
Validity 12 July 2015
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision Not started
Fact sheet Newsprint Paper

Printed paper

Printed paper

Current criteria Commission Decision of 16 August 2012

Corrigendum

Amendment
Validity 16 August 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 7 June 2015
Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision Not started
Fact sheet Copying and graphic paper

Tissue paper

Tissue paper

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 9 July 2009

Corrigenda of de hu română fi sv versions

Validity 30 June 2015

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision Will be launched shortly
Fact sheet Tissue Paper

Holiday Accommodation

Campsite services

Campsite services

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 9 July 2009
Corrigendum of EN version
Corrigendum of IT version

Validity 30 November 2015

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual Users manual
Verification forms

We have chosen digital documents for verification forms in order to let the applicant fulfil the documents directly and save paper. The verification forms are on a spreadsheet in OpenOffice program. In case you do not have this program you can download it free of cost from the: www.openoffice.org.
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Campsite services

Tourist accommodation services

Tourist accommodation services

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 July 2009
Corrigendum of DA version
Validity 30 November 2015

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual Users manual

Verification forms

We have chosen digital documents for verification forms in order to let the applicant fulfil the documents directly and save paper. The verification forms are on a spreadsheet in OpenOffice program. In case you do not have this program you can download it free of cost from the following website: www.openoffice.org.
Miscellaneous EU Ecolabel Tourism
Website: http://www.traintoecolabel.org

LIFE project "Green Flag for Greener Hotels", January 2001:
Final summary and final report

LIFE project "Ecolabels for sustainable tourism in Europe":
www.yourvisit.info

The German umbrella label "Viabono" for sustainable tourism:
www.viabono.de

Toolbox for the EU EcoLabel For tourist AcCommodation services (ELTAS):
http://www.ecolabeltoolbox.com/shmile2/index.xhtml
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Fact sheet Tourist accommodation services

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 http://susproc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/buildings/index.html
Absorbent hygiene products Please note that EU Ecolabel criteria for 'Absorbent hygiene products' were voted positively by the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee last March 2014 and are expected to be adopted by the Commission by October 2014.
Cleaning Services Ongoing. Click here for more information.