Guidance

Regulations: ecodesign of energy-consuming products

Guidance for manufacturers, their authorised representatives and importers.

Overview

Many types of energy-consuming products are regulated to ensure they meet generic or specific measures relating to their use of energy. This reduces their environmental impact, improves their energy efficiency and cuts greenhouse gas emissions.

All products in scope must:

  • have a Declaration of Conformity
  • have a supporting technical file to show compliance
  • display the CE label

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010 (as amended) are the underpinning legislation.

What is covered?

The regulations cover many products, such as air conditioners, boilers, dishwashers, electric motors, fans, lamps, power supplies, space heaters, televisions, transformers, washing machines and water pumps, together with electrical and electronic household and office equipment in general.

Who is responsible for compliance?

The manufacturer, authorised representative or importer that first places a regulated product on the EU market (or puts it into service) is responsible for compliance.

How do I comply?

Product types need to be evaluated at the design stage with reference to the relevant generic or specific measures detailed in the regulations and then self-certified. A Declaration of Conformity must be completed, supported by a technical file to show compliance. These must be made available to the Office for Product Safety and Standards (Safety & Standards) if requested and retained for 10 years after the manufacturing of the product has stopped.

Individual products need to display the CE label, although in practice this is likely to be already required under other legislation.

(Products in scope are also likely to be covered by the Energy information regulations.)

What is the role of the Office for Product Safety and Standards?

Safety & Standards enforces the regulations in the UK.

Where can I find out more?

Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010

Ecodesign (European Commission)

This provides resources for manufacturers, including product-specific regulations, and the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC).

If you have a specific enquiry about compliance with the regulations, please use the contact details on our enforcement services page.

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Published 4 April 2014
Last updated 15 December 2017 + show all updates
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