Regulation & Labelling

REGULATION

There is much legislation and many regulations covering the manufacture, distribution, and use of cleaning products in the European Union:

 

Detergent Regulations

Regulations (EC) n°648/2004 and n°907/2006

These regulations detail duties covering the commercialisation and labelling of detergents and cleaning products at European level. 

NB:
Biodegradability: regulations impose a biodegradation rate on only a part of the components (surface-active) which must reach 60%. Furthermore, the biodegradability of the rest of the components is not taken into account by the regulations and nor is the nature of the biodegraded residues. 

 

DPD (Dangerous Products Directive)

Directive n°1999/45/CE

Relates to the packaging, labelling and classification of dangerous substances and preparations at European level.

To be repealed by CLP regulations

 

CLP (Classification Labelling Packaging)

Regulation n° 1272/2008

This text introduces a new classification and labelling system for chemical products (single substances and mixtures). Drawn up by the European Commission, it is based on the United Nations GHS (Globally Harmonised System).

This labelling is compulsory for single substances since 01/12/2010 and will be so for mixtures from 01/06/2015. 

 
NB:
Based on scientific studies on environmental and health impacts (establishing chemical risks), CLP regulations introduce new thresholds in the classification of the danger levels of mixtures that are much more limiting than the previous regulations.  Many shop-bought household products will soon be labelled dangerous under CLP, even though they were not classified as such by DPD regulations.

 

REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals)

Regulation EC n°1907/2006

Covers the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restrictions of chemical substances at European level. REACH aims to improve knowledge on the properties of chemical substances and the dangers associated with their use. 

NB:
There must be communication of information between the different actors along the product supply chain relative to the use of the substances and the final product, in order to  be able to draft the exposure scenario for each substance and mixture that is classified dangerous. The assessment of exposure and risks is very complex and so results in exposure scenarios being multiplied, creating extended safety data documents  more than 100 pages long.

 

Biocide Directive 

Directive n°98/8/CE

Relates to biocidal products to be put on the European market (products intended to destroy, repel or mitigate harmful organisms, thus disinfectants, insecticides, preservatives...) 

It has as its main objective the principle of ensuring a raised level of protection to people, animals and the environment whilst limiting the number of dangerous biocidal products that are being put on the market and by encouraging the use of active substances that present reduced risk. 

Regulation n°528/2012

Will take effect from 01/09/2013 and will repeal directive 98/8/EC

NB:
The administrative costs of registering biocidal products as well as the cost of eco-toxicological tests to assess risks will have a considerable impact on the cost of putting future biocides on the market (AMM), therefore, the alternative to these technologies will allow a reduction of their chemical risks, pollution and cocktail effect, and will be an opportunity for cheaper and lower risk products to be put on the market with the possibility of simplified market entry procedures.

 

 

LABELS

 

Ecocert Certification 

Promoting natural substances and respect for the environment along the production chain.                              

 

 

             

European Ecolabel

The Ecolabel label guarantees products that perform at a level comparable with those defined as equivalents, yet with reduced environmental impact.                       

and others at the client's request.