Kristine Dorosko said the new criteria had been finalised and endorsed by member states in November 2016, following a two year revision process. 

The major changes are:

  • microplastics will be banned from products;
  • removal of the derogation for fragrances classified chronic category 3 (H412);
  • stricter requirements on preservatives that allow only a sufficient dose to preserve the product; 
  • bio-based products must be sourced from sustainable plantations with certification required for palm oil, palm kernel oil and their derivatives; and
  • packaging using 80% recycled materials is exempt from all other packaging requirements.

The update will cover the following six product groups:

  • all purpose cleaners and cleaners for sanitary facilities;
  • hand dishwashing detergents;
  • dishwashing detergents;
  • industrial and institutional automatic dishwashing detergents;
  • industrial and institutional laundry detergents; and  
  • laundry detergents.

After the new criteria come into effect in June, companies holding the Ecolabel will have a 12-18 month transition period to adapt to the new requirements.

The next revision will take place in five years.

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