About the EU Ecolabel
The EU Ecolabel was launched by the European Commission in 1992. Although it was initially intended for products only, the EU Ecolabel can now also be awarded to services.
The label is awarded to products and services that have less environmental impact than comparable products and services. The EU Ecolabel allows consumers to identify environmentally-friendlier and healthier products and services.
The products and services that have been awarded the EU Ecolabel range from cleaning products and textiles, lubricants, paints and varnishes all the way to accommodation facilities and camping grounds. Currently excluded are: food, beverages, medicinal products and medical devices.
The EU Ecolabel is recognised in all 28 EU Member States, including Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Turkey.
Owner of the EU Ecolabel is the European Commission. The main implementing body is the European Union Ecolabelling Board (EUEB). Its mandate is to promote the development and revision of applicable EU Ecolabel criteria and to assist in their implementation. The EUEB consists of representatives of the individual Member States (competent bodies) as well as other members from industry, the environment and consumer associations, labour unions, small- and medium-sized enterprises as well as retail.
What is the procedure for EU Ecolabels?
Producers, importers, service providers but also retailers can apply for the Eu Ecolabel with the national competent body. Submissions must include the application and the required proof of compliance with the criteria of the product groups. The criteria are generally revised every three to five years in order to accommodate any innovations that come along.