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Friday, October 7, 2005

EU legislation on detergents simplified and aquatic environment better protected


News From 8th October a new Regulation introduces stricter testing methods for the biodegradability of detergent surfactants.

Surfactants used in washing powders can have a toxic effect in surface waters and can impose a burden on waste water treatment plants. To reduce these negative impacts on the aquatic environment, five different EU directives dating back to the 1970s already ensure that detergents are biodegradable to a large extent. Focus is now put on testing the ultimate rather than the primary biodegradability and labelling requirements for the protection of consumer health is also improved, in particular with regard to allergenic substances in detergents. This new legal act is another example of Better Regulation, as it simplifies EU law by bringing together five directives and one Commission recommendation on the labelling of detergents in a single text.

Source :  European Commission




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