The revision of the dishwasher criteria, reflecting technical developments in the market, comes one year before the old criteria expired. They will run for five years. Noise emissions and energy and water consumption limits have been tightened. In anticipation of the proposed EU Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment, producers will also have to take back and recycle end-of-life appliances.
The criteria for the two computer product groups have stricter energy efficiency provisions and longer minimum periods for product durability. All three electrical product groups ban polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants and short-chain chloroparaffins from plastic parts weighing more than 25g.
The new soil improver criteria have weaker limits on phosphorus and potassium nutrient content to reflect market realities.
The four product groups have yet to attract a single application from UK producers. Nine awards have been made for soil improvers, mainly in France, one each for dishwashers and personal computers and none for portable computers.