Brexit News

EU Commission updates 'readiness notice' to stakeholders on Detergent Regulation

24 July 2020: The EU Commission has updated its readiness notice to stakeholders to clarify the legal situation for the Detergent Regulation after the end of the Brexit transition period. This document reminds all interested parties of the legal situation applicable after the end of the transition period, while also explaining certain relevant separation provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement along with the rules applicable in Northern Ireland. Please also visit our Brexit webpage for more information.

EU Commission advises on post-Brexit Detergents Regulation

24 March 2020: 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:

Biocidal detergent products :

Information related to Brexit on biocidal detergent products is available on the DAFM website: 

ECHA Questions and Answers relating to Brexit

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.