EU Commission proposes simplified, clearer and digital rules for detergents in the Single Market

 April 28, 2023

Today, the EU Commission proposed a revised Regulation on detergents that simplifies and future-proofs the current rules to better protect health and the environment, as well as ensure the better functioning of the Single Market for detergents. The revised rules cover new innovative products like detergents containing micro-organisms and sustainable new practices like the refill sale of detergents. The new rules also introduce a digital labelling and a product passport for detergents and surfactants.

This proposal updates the existing rules in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the recently adopted Commission Communication on the long-term competitiveness of the EU.

In particular, the proposal will: simplify market rules by abolishing several unnecessary or redundant requirements; introduce voluntary digital labelling; facilitate the sales of innovative safe products; increase sustainability and safety of refilled detergents; and strengthen market surveillance.

The Commission proposal on a revised Detergents Regulation will now be subject to the approval of the European Parliament and Council as part of the ordinary legislative procedure.

The proposed Regulation is available here. A press release is available online.