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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.

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

Absorbent Hygiene Products

Absorbent Hygiene Products

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 24 October 2014

Validity 31 December 2022
Validity prolonged
Commission Decision of 19 October 2019
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision  
Miscellaneous Technical report
Criteria in a nutshell Absorbent Hygiene Products factsheets

Cleaning Up

All-purpose cleaners

Hard Surface Cleaning Products

Detergents for dishwashers

Detergents for Dishwashers

Industrial and Institutional Automatic Dishwasher Detergents

Industrial and Institutional Automatic Dishwasher Detergents

Hand dishwashing detergents

Hand Dishwashing Detergents

Laundry detergents

Laundry Detergents

Industrial and Institutional Laundry Detergents

Industrial and Institutional Laundry Detergents

Indoor Cleaning Services

Indoor Cleaning Services

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 2 May 2018

Validity

3 May 2023

Application pack / User manual User Manual
Verification form
Annual data registration form
Declaration from hard surface
cleaning products

Checklist
Notification of new cleaning sites
Revision
Miscellaneous Technical report (available soon)
Criteria in a nutshell Indoor cleaning services factsheets

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  
Revision Not started
Criteria in a nutshell Textiles factsheets

Footwear

Footwear

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 5 August 2016

Validity

5 August 2022

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

Finalised

Miscellaneous Technical report (available soon)
Criteria in a nutshell Footwear factsheets

Do-It-Yourself

Paints and varnishes

Paints and Varnishes

Current criteria Commission Decision of 28 May 2014

Amendment
Amendment II
Validity 31 December 2022
Validity prolonged
Commission Decision of 27 April 2018
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision Not started
Miscellaneous Technical background report
Criteria in a nutshell Paints and Varnishes factsheets

Electronic 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

Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision Finalised
Miscellaneous Technical Report
Criteria in a nutshell Personal, Notebook and Tablet Computers factsheets

Televisions

Televisions

Current criteria Commission Decision of 12 March 2009
Validity 31 December 2019

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 11 January 2018
Application pack / User manual Guidance notes
Application form
Revision Ongoing.
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Miscellaneous Final report
Criteria in a nutshell 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

User Manual Annex I - Application Forms

User Manual Annex II – Declarations

User Manual Annex III – Checklist

Revision  
Miscellaneous

Technical report

Criteria in a nutshell Wood-, cork- and bamboo-based floor coverings factsheets (available soon)

Hard floor coverings

Hard Coverings

Current criteria Commission Decision of 9 July 2009
Validity

30 June 2021

Validity prolonged:
Commission Decision of 7 November 2017
Application pack / User manual User manual
Revision To be decided
Miscellaneous  
Cuiteria in a nutshell Hard coverings factsheets (available soon)

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
Criteria in a nutshell Furniture

Mattresses

Bed Mattresses

Current criteria Commission Decision of 23 June 2014
Validity 28 July 2022
Validity prolonged
Commission Decision of 19 October 2019
Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision Not started
Criteria in a nutshell 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 How were the EU Ecolabel criteria for growing media, soil improvers and mulch developed:
Click here for more information.
Miscellaneous Technical Background Report
Criteria in a nutshell Growing Media, Soil Improvers and Mulch
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Lubricants

Lubricants

Lubricants

Paper Products

Converted paper

Converted Paper

Current criteria Commission decision of 2 May 2014

Corrigendum
Validity

31 December 2020

Validity prolonged

Commission Decision of 4 September 2017

Application pack / User manual User Manual
Revision Not started
Miscellaneous  
Criteria in a nutshell Converted Paper factsheets

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.
Miscellaneous  
Criteria in a nutshell Newsprint Paper factsheets

Printed paper

Printed Paper

Current criteria Commission Decision of 16 August 2012

Corrigendum

Amendment
Validity 31 December 2020
Validity Prolonged
Commission Decision of 19 October 2019
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.
Criteria in a nutshell 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.
Criteria in a nutshell 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.
Criteria in a nutshell Tissue Paper

Holiday Accommodation

Tourist accommodation

Tourist Accommodation

Current criteria

Commission Decision of 25 January 2017

Corrigendum

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

 

Criteria in a nutshell 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.