Ask the 3E Expert - The new Eu regulation on detergents just came into force. How does this affect industry?
EU regulation No. 648/2004, which was issued in 2004 and came into force in all member states on 8 October 2005, consolidates EU legislation on biodegradability and labelling of detergents. The regulation includes several key elements that are importan to industry. Firstly, a broader definition of products that are considered to be detergents has been adopted. A detergent is now defined as any substance or preparation containing soaps and/or other surfactants intended for washing and cleaning processes. Detergents may be sold in any form and marketed for/used in household, or institutional or industrial purposes. Other products to be concidered as detergents include auxiliary washing preparation, fabric-softener, cleaning prreparation, and other cleaning and washing preparations.