Detergent News

Commission advises on post-Brexit Detergents Regulation

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.  Please see guidance:

Final report from EU project on compliance with detergent products regulations

Information on Liquid Laundry Detergent Capsules (Liquitabs)

Detergent Product Alerts

New EU Detergent Regulation

Open public consultation on an evaluation of the Detergents Regulation until 25 July 2017

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What are Detergents?

There are many cleaning products present on the market and the majority are what we refer to as detergents. A detergent is a substance or a mixture containing soaps and/or surfactants (any organic substance/mixture) intended for washing and cleaning processes.

Detergents may be in many forms, for example, traditional powders, unit dose tablets, concentrated liquids, liquid capsules, pastes or cakes, and come in a range of variants to meet consumers needs on cleaning, skincare, fabric care and fragrances. They may be for household, institutional or industrial purposes.

Examples of everyday detergent products are laundry and fabric softeners, all-purpose cleaners and mixtures intended for soaking (pre-washing) rinsing or bleaching.

Ancillary Cleaning Products

Many manufacturers also produce and market ancillary laundry products such as Fabric Conditioners, Specialist stain removers, pre-treaters, and Ironing aids which are also covered by the Detergent Regulations.