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The original EuP Directive was valid only for energy-using products e.g. lighting sources, light fittings, microwave ovens, washing machines and TV receivers. The scope of the new Directive includes other energy related products e.g. windows, taps and shower heads in addition to products covered under the first EuP Directive.

According to the European Commission definition, the Directive is valid for products having an impact on energy consumption when used. Energy-related products are products which use energy as well as energy-saving products, e.g. windows that keep the heat inside homes where the resulting energy savings can be used for heating water.

Due to the large number of products that are now defined as Energy-related Products, many new ‘Implementing Measures’ need to be established and then implemented before a product can bear the CE marking.

The Energy-related Products Directive mentions that the existing Implementing Measures, which were previously linked to the old EuP Directive, are now related to the new directive 2009/125/EC. This is relevant for consumer goods producers using the respective Implementing Measures in their manufacturing process. They now have to update their Declaration of Conformity to include a reference to the new Energy-related Products Directive.

Solutions to Cope With New Changes

The Eco-directive is an important part of the environmental legislation and it can seem difficult to perform all the measures needed for CE marking. Considering the entire range of product-specific requirements prior to market launch, third party accredited organizations can support you in achieving conformity with the Eco-Directive by:

  • Ensuring your products comply with the requirements of proposed and future Directives
  • Promptly verifying whether your products comply with the relevant implementation measures
  • You will receive a test report for the technical construction file and Declaration of Conformity for CE marking
  • Ensuring your products comply with the requirements of proposed and future Directives
  • Receiving timely information about how to ensure, in a cost-efficient way, that your products comply with requirements of other directives (e.g. Low-Voltage Directive, EMC Directive)

Other steps that will ensure a smooth implementation of the Eco-directives include:

  • Performing the ecological profile of your products according to the Eco-Directive
  • Analysing your product’s lifespan and its impact on the construction and production of the product
  • Testing and eco-planning to Eco- Directives requirements

SGS has the capacity to support your product development throughout the eco-design process. With training and guidance from SGS in eco-planning matters you can assess the directive’s impact on your business, supply chain, legal responsibilities and determine the important dates for implementation.

Contact:

Kari Vesterinen
Product Line Manager

SGS Fimko LTD
t: + 358 9 6963 418
Website: www.sustainability.sgs.com

About SGS

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