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Household products are a part of our everyday lives.

Household products are a part of our everyday lives. The regulations of these products are rarely discussed in the media; however, rules exist at the European and at the national level.

Rules concern labelling, but also safety, for example on how to provide information to Poison Centres.

In our experience, after examining hundreds of labels, compliance is not a given. Our role as regulatory consultants is to help ensure compliance with applicable rules in the relevant languages. When notification requirements apply, we support the relevant processes.

All detergents sold within the EU should be compliant to Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 of 31 March 2004 on detergents and to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as amended.

According to article 31, Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) should be prepared, among other cases, when a substance or mixture meets the criteria for classification as hazardous in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008  of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.

According to the Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 of 31 March 2004 on detergents

the name and trade name of the product;

the name or trade name or trademark and full address and telephone number of the party responsible for placing the product on the market;

the address, email address, where available, and telephone number from which the datasheet referred to in Article 9(3) can be obtained.

The packaging of detergents shall indicate the content, in accordance with the specifications provided for in Annex VII A. It shall also indicate instructions for use and special precautions, if required.

Additionally, the packaging of consumer laundry detergents and consumer automatic dishwasher detergents shall bear the information provided for in section B of Annex VII.

Moreover, if the product meets the criteria for classification as hazardous in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008  of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, it should be labelled in accordance with it.

According to Annex VII A of the Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 of 31 March 2004 on detergents, the content should be reported as follows:

The following weight percentage ranges:
— less than 5 %,
— 5 % or over but less than 15 %,
— 15 % or over but less than 30 %,
— 30 % and more,

shall be used to indicate the content of the specific constituents listed in the Annex VII A.

If added, preservation agents shall be listed, irrespective of their concentration, using where possible the common nomenclature established under Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 relating to cosmetic products

If added at concentrations exceeding 0,01 % by weight, the allergenic fragrances that appear on the list of substances in Annex III to  Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 relating to cosmetic products shall be listed using the nomenclature of that Regulation.

According to article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 the label shall be written in the official language(s) of the Member State(s) where the substance or mixture is placed on the market, unless the Member State(s) concerned provide(s) otherwise. Suppliers may use more languages on their labels than those required by the Member States, provided that the same details appear in all languages used.

According to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2151 of 17 December 2020 laying down rules on harmonised marking specifications on single-use plastic products listed in Part D of the Annex to Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment packaging of wet wipes (i.e. pre-wetted personal care and domestic wipes), with the surface area of 10 cm2 or more, shall bear the printed marking pictogram according to annex II to the Regulation (EU) 2020/2151.

According to criterion 9 of the Commission Decision (EU) 2017/1216 of 23 June 2017 establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for dishwasher, these are the information appearing on  the EU Ecolabel:

The logo should be visible and legible.

The EU Ecolabel registration/licence number shall appear on the product and it shall be legible and clearly visible.

The company may choose to include an optional text box on the label that contains the following text:
— Limited impact on the aquatic environment,
— Restricted amount of hazardous substances,
— Tested for cleaning performance.

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