Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Ecodesign requirements

Ecodesign requirements

If you manufacture, supply or import certain energy-related products for sale you must ensure that your products meet the technical design requirements that apply.

The requirements depend on the type of product. Each product category is regulated by a separate European Union implementing regulation. The regulations can specify:

  • the products covered
  • application dates
  • design requirements including use of raw materials, consumption of resources by the product during its lifetime, information for users and service personnel, weight and volume, ease of disassembly and recycling, generated waste, risk of emissions or spill of substances to air, water and soil, noise, vibrations and the durability of the product
  • measurement standards and methods
  • conformity assessment procedures
  • information requirements.

Manufacturers are required to:

  • assess the environmental aspects and impact of the product
  • design the product in compliance with¬†ecodesign requirements
  • carry out conformity assessment - generally by self-assessment
  • affix the 'CE' mark.

Documentation for products

You must keep supporting documentation relating to a product model you manufacture or import for at least ten years after it was last manufactured. If the enforcement authority asks to see this documentation, you must provide it within ten days.

Supporting documentation includes technical details about the product and declarations of conformity.

Who enforces energy efficient design?

The National Measurement Office has been appointed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as the market surveillance authority for the UK.

Read the detailed guidance from the National Measurement Office (NMO) on the GOV.UK website.

GOV.UK: Make an environmental claim for your product, service or organisation

GOV.UK: Placing energy related products on the market

Further information

GOV.UK: The energy labelling of products

GOV.UK: Saving energy through better products and appliances

Eco-Innovation Observatory: A guide to eco-innovation for SMEs

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