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

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Latest 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
Validity 28 June 2015
Application pack / User manual User manual
Performance
Declaration Raw Materials
Revision Will be launched shortly
Miscellaneous Latest version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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Latest 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
Validity 28. Apr 2015
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Calculation sheet
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous Latest version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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Latest 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
Validity 14 November 2016
Application pack / User manual User manual
Calculation sheet
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous

Technical report

Fact sheet I&I Automatic Dishwasher Detergents

Hand dishwashing detergents

Hand dishwashing detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision of 24 June 2011
Validity 24 June 2015
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Performance test
Declaration Raw Materials
Revision Will be launched shortly
Miscellaneous Latest version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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Latest 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
Validity 28 April 2015
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Calculation sheet
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous Latest version of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID-list) Part A

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

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Performance test Stain Removers

Performance Test Laundry Detergents

Fact sheet Laundry detergents

Laundry detergents

Industrial and Institutional Laundry detergents

Current criteria Commission Decision
of 14 November 2012
Validity 14 November 2016
Application pack / User manual User manual
Calculation sheet
Revision Ongoing. Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous Technical report
Fact sheet I&I Laundry Detergents

Clothing

Textiles

Textile products

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 July 2009

Corrigendum of FI version
Corrigendum of DE version
Validity 30 June 2014

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual Application pack
Revision Please note that revised EU Ecolabel criteria for 'Textile products' were voted positively by the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee last November 2013, but not yet adopted by the Commission, as the scrutiny period is still on-going.
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 13 August 2008 for indoor paints and varnishes

Commission Decision of 13 August 2008 for outdoor paints and varnishes

Please note that in the EU Commission Decision 2009/543/EC there are errors in the Danish version. More details.
Validity 30 June 2014

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

Please note that revised EU Ecolabel criteria for 'Paints and varnishes' were voted positively by the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee last November 2013, but not yet adopted by the Commission, as the scrutiny period is still on-going.

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions for this product group
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  

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
Validity 31 October 2014

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 30 October 2013
Application pack / User manual Application pack
Revision Please note that new EU Ecolabel criteria for 'Water-based heaters' were voted positively by the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee last November 2013, but not yet adopted by the Commission, as the scrutiny period is still on-going. This new product group includes 'heat pumps which provide heat to a water based central heating system', which currently is falling within the scope of the product group ‘electrically driven, gas driven or gas absorption heat pumps'.  Transitional provisions in respect of applications are set out in article 6 of the referred new decision.
Miscellaneous Report - Heat Pumps, Technology and environmental impact

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

Lubricants

Lubricants

Lubricants

Other Household Items

Mattresses

Bed mattresses

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 July 2009
Under revision
Validity 30 June 2014

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 17 June 2013
Application pack / User manual Application pack
Revision Please note that revised EU Ecolabel criteria for 'Bed Mattresses' were voted positively by the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee last November 2013, but not yet adopted by the Commission, as the scrutiny period is still on-going.
Miscellaneous Summary of the criteria

Bed mattresses LCA
Fact sheet Bed mattresses

Mattresses

Sanitary Tapware

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 21 May 2013
Corrigendum

Validity 21 May 2017
Application pack / User manual  
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  
Revision Will be launched shortly
Miscellaneous Technical Background Report
Fact sheet  

Paper Products

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

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
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 currently considering how best to proceed. A decision will not be finalised until after the publication of the EU Communication on Sustainable Food, planned for 2013. As soon as any definitive decision is made, it will be published here. In the meantime, no criteria development will be launched for food and feed products.
Office Buildings http://susproc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/buildings/index.html
Converted paper products

Please note that EU Ecolabel criteria for 'Converted paper products' were voted positively by the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee November 2013, but not yet adopted by the Commission, as the scrutiny period is still on-going.

Converted paper products Act
Converted paper products Annex

Water-based heaters Please note that EU Ecolabel criteria for 'Water -based heaters' were voted positively by the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee last November 2013, but not yet adopted by the Commission, as the scrutiny period is still on-going.
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, but not yet adopted by the Commission, as the scrutiny period is still on-going.
Cleaning Services Ongoing. Click here for more information.