As of 1 January 2019, suppliers (manufacturers, importers or authorised representatives) need to register their appliances, which require an energy label in the European Product Database for Energy Labelling (EPREL), before selling them on the European market.
Consult the database
As of March 2021, the 4 first product categories will be available in the database: fridges and freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and electronic displays.
Tyres will be added to the database as of 1 May 2021. Light bulbs and lamps will be added as of 1 September 2021 and more product categories will follow.
Search for product information
Consumers can access the database by scanning the QR code featured on the new energy labels. The database offers detailed information for all registered products, such as for a fridge, the energy efficiency performances, the model dimensions, the type of compartments and their individual volume, or the minimum guarantee offered by the supplier.
The EPREL database provides the specific information sheet and displays the energy label, for each registered product.
This feature is expected in late 2021 or in 2022, and it will give researchers the possibility to extract statistical data for in-depth analysis.
Furthermore, developers will be able to use the database to perform queries and export data using Application Programming Interfaces (API).
For more information, please consult the EPREL wiki.
Verify that rules are respected
National market surveillance authorities access the database to perform some of their compliance control. The EPREL database helps them verifying that products sold in the EU follow the requirements laid out in the ecodesign and energy labelling regulations.
Register a product
The product information that suppliers need to enter in the database relates to the energy label, technical documentation and compliance monitoring.
Since 1 January 2019, suppliers (manufacturers, importers or authorised representatives) established in EU countries, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein must register their appliances requiring an EU energy label in the product database before selling them on the EU market. As part of the Northern Ireland Protocol under the UK withdrawal agreement from the EU, these rules continue to apply in Northern Ireland (after 1 January 2021). Manufacturers established in other countries will need a supplier in one of the countries mentioned above to register their products before they are placed on the EU market.
The energy labelling requirements for individual product groups are established in the EU's Energy Labelling Framework Regulation (2017/1369) and registration is mandatory for the following product groups
- Air conditioners
- Cooking appliances (domestic)
- Dishwashers (household)
- Heaters (space and water heaters)
- Light bulbs and lamps
- Local space heaters
- Fridges and freezers (household)
- Refrigeration (professional)
- Refrigeration with a direct sales function
- Solid fuel boilers
- Electronic displays including televisions
- Tumble driers
- Ventilation units (residential)
- Washing machines (household)
Before starting registering their products, suppliers need a EU LOGIN account.
The EPREL wiki offers guidelines on how to manage the registration process.
A guidance note is available to the attention of manufacturers and retailers, regarding the first 5 product groups that will be 'rescaled':
- fridges, dishwashers, washing machines and televisions (from 1 March 2021)
- light bulbs and lamps (from 1 September 2021)
If any issues are encountered when using the EPREL product database, please contact the database support team.
Energy labelling tools
The new energy labels, which include a QR code, are generated in the EPREL database. The labels are based on the data manufacturers encoded when registering the product.
Energy label templates (InDesign) can be used to create and print high-resolution energy labels – new and old - for all product groups.
The energy label generator can’t produce the new labels with QR-code. It is a complementary tool for creating a tailor-made energy label (for example to print or for on-line publication), deriving from the regulations adopted before 2016.