Intertek offers solution for compliance to the European Union's (EU) Detergent Regulation
The EU detergents legislations evolved from widespread water pollution in Western Europe in the 1960s which was caused by poorly biodegradable detergents resulting in the formation of large quantities of foams in rivers and adversely impacting the environment. A seminal moment was the introduction of Directive 1973/404/EEC as the response to the damaging effects from “foaming rivers” caused by the accumulation of surfactants.
The current detergent legislation, regulation (EC) No 648/2004 has been in force since 8 October 2005, when it replaced the earlier legislative measures. It was designed to achieve the free movement of detergents and surfactants used for detergents on the EU internal markets whilst ensuring a high degree of protection of the environment and public health. Regulation 648/2004 imposes a two-tier testing regime on the biodegradability of the active ingredients of detergents (known as surfactants). The scope is wider, covering all surfactants including anionics, non-ionics, cationics and amphoterics. It is applicable to the manufacturing, sale and use of detergents; as such any natural or legal person responsible for placing a detergent or a surfactant for a detergent on the EU market must comply with this regulation.
How can Intertek help?
Intertek can support you to bring your product to the marketplace with the confidence that you have met all regulatory requirements of a complex but important regulation. Our experts can provide advice on EU Eco labelling, a voluntary scheme that shows commitment to environmental sustainability. In addition, our detergent and household product experts can provide regulatory services on any of the following category of products:
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