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
The first product categories were available in the database as of March 2021: fridges and freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and electronic displays.
Tyres were added from May, light bulbs and lamps from September 2021. 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.
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 EPREL database can generate all EU energy labels. The labels are based on the data that suppliers declare when registering their product models.
Only for products having the new labels (with a QR code), scanning the QR code leads to the model description page in EPREL, where labels and product information sheets can be downloaded. Alternatively, the model description page can be obtained by using the model registration number (EPREL ID) which dealers can obtain from their product suppliers.
Application Programming Interfaces (API) are freely available to dealers for getting:
- the energy label (in multiple formats)
- the model description (product information sheet or product fiche) in all EU languages
Further guidance and information on the syntax of APIs is available to suppliers and dealers in the EPREL wiki (EU login required).
Additional energy labelling tools:
- Energy label templates can still be used to “manually” create high-resolution energy labels – the new (with QR code) and the old - for all product groups (InDesign and other file formats).
- The energy label generator is a complementary web tool for creating tailor-made energy labels. It can only produce the “old” labels, for regulations before 2016 (without the QR code).