UK establishes eco-labelling "competent body"

The UK will take its first major step towards formal compliance with the EC Regulation on eco-auditing on 1 July when the national "competent body" required to administer the scheme will be established in London.

Under the Regulation (ENDS Report 203, pp 18-19), the main task given to the competent bodies in each EC country is to take the initial decision on whether to award an eco-label to a specific product falling within a product group for which environmental criteria have been agreed at EC level. They will also supervise contracts with companies which are awarded an eco-label and publicise the scheme.

The UK's competent body is to be based in

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