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Energy efficiency label for vacuum cleaners annulled

Han Zuyderwijk

The European Commission published a notice of annulment of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 665/2013 on energy efficiency labeling requirements for vacuum cleaners. This follows a ruling of the General Court of the European Union in November last year in a case brought forward by the company Dyson. The Commission did not appeal and the annulment became in effect on 19 January 2019.

This has the following consequences from 19 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 of the European Parliament and of the Council (1) pertaining to their vacuum cleaners.

The Court ruling has no impact on the ecodesign requirements for vacuum cleaners or energy labelling requirements for other products.