Ecolabelling Board given legal backing

Regulations giving statutory backing to the UK Ecolabelling Board and spelling out its powers and duties were laid before Parliament on 9 October.1

The regulations establish the Ecolabelling Board as the "competent body" for the purposes of the 1992 EC Regulation which established a Community eco-labelling scheme. This is now expected to be launched early in 1993.

The Board's main tasks will be to propose to the European Commission that specific product groups should be included in the scheme and, where requested by Brussels, to draw up eco-labelling criteria for these. It will also

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