Measures to Ensure Compliance with the Limit Value for Phosphorus in Automatic Dishwasher Detergents

As of 1 January 2017, the Amendment (EU) No. 259/2012 for Annex VIa of the Detergents Regulation (EU) No. 648/2004 goes into effect. It states that consumer automatic dishwasher detergents can only be placed on the market if their total content of phosphorus is less than 0.3 grams in the standard dosage (reference: 12 place settings of normally soiled tableware). The German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association (IKW) recommends certain measures for manufacturers, in order to comply with the phosphorous restriction with a view to avoiding cost and work intensive methods. These measures are published in SOFW Journal 11-2016 in english and german language.

Transition period for placing on the market of automatic dishwasher detergents

Automatic dishwasher detergents, which have already been placed on the market up until 31 December 2016 within the meaning of the Detergents Regulation and still contain 0.3 grams of phosphorous or more in the standard dosage, can still be sold without any restriction, also beyond 1 January 2017. This applies to both retail supplies for final consumers as well as products which were already made available by their manufacturers to other companies and are still in stock.

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