COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE EVALUATION of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on detergents

1. The European Commission conducted an in-depth assessment of the operation of the Detergents Regulation ((EC) No 648/2004) in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) between 2005 and 2018. These documents are an evaluation report (11330/19) and executive summary (11331/20) of that review. The review examined which elements of the Detergents Regulation work well, what needs to be improved and why, and what needs to be improved in terms of meeting policy objectives and reducing regulatory burden.

2. The Detergents Regulation is directly applicable in the UK. Provision for enforcement is provided through the Detergents Regulations 2010 (SI 2010 number 740).

3. Detergents play an important role in society, and through delivering health and hygiene benefits have contributed significantly to the improvement of human health and life expectancy. They are, nevertheless, chemicals that can also pose risks to human health and the environment. The European detergents industry is thriving and makes a significant contribution to industrial competitiveness, jobs and growth.

4. The Detergents Regulation came into force in March 2004. It was introduced to ensure free movement of detergents within the EU while, at the same time, providing a high degree of protection for consumer health and the environment.

Topic  Environment 
Department  DEFRA 
Council Reference  11331/19 
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SWD  SWD(19)299 
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  1. 11331/19 - 371 KB - pdf
  2. EM 11331/19 - 161 KB - pdf

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