Who Does What?
EU Ecolabelling Board
The European Union Ecolabelling Board (EUEB) is composed of the representatives of the Competent Bodies of the European Union, the Competent Bodies of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the representatives of the following organisations:
- European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
- Bureau Européen des Consommateurs (BEUC)
- European Confederation of Associations of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (CEA-PME)
- Business Europe
- European Association of Craft, Small- & Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME)
Full details for Interest Groups.
The EUEB contributes to the development and revision of EU Ecolabel criteria and to any review of the implementation of the EU Ecolabel scheme. It also provides the Commission with advice and assistance in these areas and, in particular, issues recommendations on minimum environmental performance requirements.
The European Commission manages the scheme at the EU level to ensure that the Ecolabel Regulation is implemented correctly.
Even if the development or revision of EU Ecolabel criteria can be initiated and lead by parties other than the European Commission (states, Competent Bodies and other stakeholders), the Commission is in any case responsible for preparing the final draft of the criteria documents that have to take into account the comments from the EUEB. The Commission adopts EU Ecolabel criteria for each product group as “Commission decisions” after the Ecolabel Regulatory Committee supports the criteria by a qualified majority.
Competent Bodies are independent and impartial organisations designated by states of the European Economic Area within government ministries or outside the ministries. They are responsible for implementing the EU Ecolabel scheme at the national level and should be the first point of contact for any questions from applicants. They specifically assess applications and award the EU Ecolabel to products that meet the criteria set for them. As such, they are responsible for ensuring that the verification process is carried out in a consistent, neutral and reliable manner by a party independent from the operator being verified, based on international, European or national standards and procedures concerning bodies operating product-certification schemes.
The Competent Bodies meet three times a year at the Competent Body Forum in Brussels to exchange experiences and ensure a consistent implementation of the scheme in different countries. Find your Competent Body.
In the development of the criteria, a balanced participation of all relevant interested parties concerned with a particular product group, such as industry and service providers, including SMEs, crafts and their business organisations, trade unions, traders, retailers, importers, environmental protection groups and consumer organisations has to be guaranteed.
If you want to learn more about the criteria under development or participate in the stakeholder’s meeting (Ad Hoc Working Group) for a particular product group, have a look at the website: www.susproc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/product_bureau.
EU Ecolabel Helpdesk
The EU Ecolabel Helpdesk assists the European Commission with different tasks, such as developing news publications, gaining stakeholder support and soliciting aid for certain marketing activities. It also provides help to the public by email and phone regarding general questions about the EU Ecolabel.