By: Elena Andreula / UL EMEA Regulatory Program Expert
On July 28, 2017, the new Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 was published in the European Union Official Journal and replaced Directive 2010/30/EU on August 1, 2017.
The Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 establishes deadlines to replace the current A+, A++, A+++ classes with an A to G scale and establishes a product database that assists both national surveillance authorities in their enforcement of market surveillance and makes publicly available online the list of labeled products.
The classification using letters from A to G is cost effective for customers selecting products based on energy efficiency. Moreover, it helps manufacturers develop and produce more efficient products.
The product database is a useful tool for the collection of data concerning products. This database provides the public with information about products and energy labels and supports market surveillance authorities in carrying out their tasks.
Rescaling of Labels
The regulation is already in force but delegated acts for electric lamps and luminaires have not yet been finalized and will be adopted by the Commission on or before November 2, 2018.
These regulations will offer details relating to introducing the A to G rescaled labels with the aim of displaying them both in stores and online within specified effective dates.
After the adoption of a delegated act of this Regulation setting specific labeling requirements, the Commission publishes references to the harmonized standards that satisfy the relevant measurement and calculation requirements of the delegated act in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The obligations of suppliers in relation to the product database will apply beginning January 1, 2019.
The product database consists of a public portion, a compliance portion and an online portal. Information for the public and the compliance portion of the database shall be entered by the supplier while information for the online portal shall be entered by the Commission.
Effective January 1, 2019, suppliers shall, before placing a new covered model on the market, complete the public and compliance portions of the product database required for that model.
Where units of models covered by delegated acts are placed on the market between August 1, 2017, and January 2, 2019, the supplier shall, by June 30, 2019, enter in the product database the information set out in relation to those models.
Information included in the public portion of the database and the online portal shall be made publicly available while the compliance portion shall be accessible only to the market surveillance authorities and the Commission.
Delegated acts adopted pursuant to Article 10 of Directive 2010/30/EU and Directive 96/60/EC shall remain in force until they are repealed by a delegated act of this Regulation covering the relevant product group.
How UL can help
UL is expertly qualified to assist companies in demonstrating their products meet the essential requirements of Energy Labelling Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 and provides testing for luminaires to demonstrate compliance from a trusted third party.
Our Global Market Access team is prepared to help you achieve compliance with new requirements around the world. For more information or to contact our experts, visit our Global Market Access site at ul-certification.com.
These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to convey legal or other professional advice.