With respect to the Detergent Regulation (EC) 648/2004 any Irish company currently buying or selling detergents to or from the UK needs to be prepared for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

For a company buying detergents directly from the UK, their role will change from that of a downstream user or a distributer to an importer following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The Irish importing company will be responsible for ensuring that any surfactants used in a detergent is fully biodegradable and the detergent is classified, labelled and packaged correctly. In addition, anyone importing laundry and dishwasher detergents must comply with the ban on inorganic phosphates introduced in the EU Detergent Regulation update in 2012 (No 259/2012).

After the UK withdrawal Irish companies supplying detergents into the UK market will be subject to UK law. We recommend that those importing and exporting detergents to and from the UK keep a watching brief on ECHA’s website particularly updates relating to the Classification, Labelling & Packaging (CLP) Regulation at

The European Commission has published guidance for companies on the EU’s detergents Regulation after Brexit. Subject to any transitional arrangement, EU rules on detergents will no longer apply in the UK following Brexit. A report, entitled: Brexit – guidance to stakeholders on impact in the field of detergents, gives information on: responsibilities for importers; labelling; and approved laboratories

“The EU Commission has updated its readiness notice to stakeholders to clarify the legal situation for the Detergent Regulation after the end of the transition period. The document reminds all interested parties of the legal situation applicable after the end of the transition period, explains certain relevant separation provisions of the withdrawal agreement and outlines the rules applicable in Northern Ireland”