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This page provides guidance and information on the UK implementation of Regulation European Community (EC) No 648/2004, which came into force on 8 October 2005.

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Regulation 648/2004 on Detergents

As a Regulation (as opposed to a Directive) 648/2004 is “directly applicable” and applies throughout the European Union on its own, without the further need for domestic United Kingdom (UK) legislation.

Regulation (EU) No 259/2012 imposes a restriction on phosphates in domestic laundry and dishwasher detergents. The UK is currently considering the process of transposition.

Purpose and scope of the regulation

Detergents Guidance Document

Detergents Regulations 2010 SI740

Domestic Regulation is necessary to implement a ban on inorganic phosphates in domestic laundry cleaning products (DLCPs), setting out the process for handling derogation applications and to provide for enforcement measures - including criminal penalties for breach of Regulation 648/2004.

From 1 January 2015 it will be an offence to market a DLCP containing more than 0.4% of its weight of inorganic phosphate.

Implementation has been delayed to give the detergents industry time to switch to detergents which meet the new requirements and change marketing and packaging



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