Proposal for a Regulation on detergents and surfactants, amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 648/2004

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Series Details COM (2023) 217
Publication Date 28/04/2023
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 28 April 2023, revising the existing framework as regards detergents and surfactants. It seeks to amend Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 and repeal Regulation (EC) No 648/2004. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 laid down the rules that detergents need to comply with in order to be placed and move freely in the market across the European Union (EU). These were rules aimed at ensuring the safe use of detergents and the high environmental performance of of detergents and surfactants for detergents.

An assessment carried out in 2019 on this Regulation identified a number of weaknesses that have emerged since its adoption. In particular, it highlighted the complexity of the regulatory framework for chemicals, and the room for simplification in the communication of information of overcrowded labels to product users. The updated EU Industrial Strategy from 2021 further emphasised the importance of a coherent and stable regulatory framework to accelerate the twin transitions. The Commission's 2022 Work Programme listed the revision of theĀ Detergent Regulation as a REFIT initiative.

This draft law seeks to update the rules on detergents, strengthening enforcement so that more compliant detergents and surfactants enter the EU's market. It takes into account the latest market developments and addresses the lack of efficiency in information requirements for detergents.

The proposed Regulation was adopted by the European Commission on 28 April 2023.

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EUR-LEX: SWD(2023)113: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Subsidiarity Grid
EUR-LEX: SWD(2023)114: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment Report
EUR-LEX: SWD(2023)115: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment Report
European Commission: Press Release, 28/04/2023: Commission proposes simplified, clearer and digital rules for detergents in the Single Market

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