Newsflash | Europe | Annulment of energy labelling Regulation for vacuum cleaners
Monday, April 8, 2019
Annulment of energy labelling Regulation for vacuum cleaners
On 7th January 2019, the European Commission published the Judgment of the General Court of 8 November 2018 (Case T-544/13 RENV) where the Court annuls Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 665/2013 with regard to energy labelling of vacuum cleaners.
The annulment of Regulation (EU) No 665/2013 took effect on 18th January 2019, with retroactive effect as if the regulation had never existed. The judgment of the General Court does not provide for transitional measures.
This has the following consequences from 19th January 2019 onwards:
- Suppliers may no longer place vacuum cleaners on the Union market accompanied by the energy label as was provided for by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 665/2013
- Dealers may no longer display, including for distance selling and selling online, the energy label with vacuum cleaners or make available to customers the product information sheet. Suppliers and dealers may no longer make reference to the energy efficiency class of the vacuum cleaners and the range of the efficiency classes available on the label in visual advertisements or technical promotional material
- Suppliers may no longer enter in the public and compliance parts of the product database the information set out in Article 4 and Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 pertaining to their vacuum cleaners
The ecodesign Regulation (EU) No 666/2013 continues to be ‘in force’.
On 13th March 2019, the European Commission published the Notice concerning the annulment of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 665/2013 supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to energy labelling of vacuum cleaners (2019/C96/08).
The Court ruling has no impact on the ecodesign requirements for vacuum cleaners or energy labelling requirements for other products.
The European Commission will continue working on the review of the ecodesign and labelling requirements for vacuum cleaners in order to update and set new energy labelling provisions for these products as soon as possible.