Detergent Regulation

Soaps and other mixtures meant for cleaning various surfaces and fabrics are covered by the Detergent Regulation (EC) No 648/2004. The regulation controls, for example, the use and fabrication of laundry detergents, softeners, windows and car cleaning mixtures and cleaning pads. If a detergent contains additional disinfectants, it must also comply with the requirements of the Biocide Regulation (EC) No 528/2012. However, hand and skin soaps are considered cosmetic products and fall under the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.

In addition to the Detergent Regulation, detergents are also covered by the EU’s general chemical legislation. For example, the national Chemical Register should be informed of all detergents classified as hazardous or that include hazardous substances when placed on the market within the Member State. EU chemical legislation also requires proper labeling as set by law, including additional clarifications brought by the Detergent Regulation for, inter alia, the content and dosage amounts. The packaging must also bear warnings for the most common contact allergy inducing allergens the EU and of all the preservatives used in the product. Only detergents meant for professional use are applicable for reliefs on labeling, but they too must have the appropriate warning labels. The Safety Data Sheet should be supplied with professional detergents.

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