Specification for eco-label contracts

A standard contract governing the use of the EC eco-label has been published by the European Commission.1 Some of the conditions may well make companies pause before putting their products forward for an eco-label.

The need for a standard contract was spelled out in the 1992 Regulation which established the EC eco-labelling scheme. Its objectives are to spell out how the eco-label may and may not be used, to protect consumers, and to prevent distortions of competition.

The European Commission Decision on the standard contract provides that national eco-labelling bodies may include contractual conditions in addition to those set out in the Decision,

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