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Cred­ib­il­ity

En­vir­on­ment

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic

  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
The label identifies detergents and cleaning products that have been produced in such a way that they have the least possible impact on the environment and human health during their production, use and disposal. In addition, they should also help to reduce and prevent the risks posed to the environment and human health through the use of hazardous substances and to minimise packaging waste. Preserving natural resources is also an important focus of this environmental label. Cleaning agents with the Blue Angel ecolabel should thus make a contribution to the protection of the environment through the use of renewable raw materials in their production that have been cultivated under sustainable conditions or which support sustainable cultivation.
The standard is issued by the Federal Ministry for the Environment. The Federal Environment Agency provides the Blue Angel office and develops the criteria. The independent Eco-label Jury decides on the criteria. RAL GmbH, a subsidiary of German Institute for Quality Assurance and Certification, awards the Blue Angel.
There are three different standards in the field of detergents and cleaning agents. This analysis is based on the award criteria for detergents (DE-UZ 202).

Cred­ib­il­ity 73%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the standard
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Sources of Finance
  • Standard-Setting Process
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • Assessment Methodology
  • Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Clarity of claims
  • Scheme Management
    13/19
    • Governance
      11/13
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner a legal entity, or an organization that is a partnership of legal entities, or a government or inter-governmental agency?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        https://www.blauer-engel.de/en/blue-angel/who-is-behind-it/the-evironmental-label-jury The Environmental Label Jury The independent decision-making body The jury decides which product groups and service sectors should be awarded the Blue Angel. In addition, it discusses and ratifies the respective award criteria developed by the German Environment Agency. The members of the jury are independent and impartial. Membership of the jury is carried out on a voluntary and non-salaried basis. Members of the Environmental Label Jury The jury consists of 16 natural persons who are appointed by the Federal Environment Minister. 14 members of the jury are appointed for a period of three years in agreement with the Chairman of the German Conference of Environment Ministers (UMK). The jury involves all relevant social groups and includes representatives from environmental and consumer associations, as well as those from trade and industry. Two other members of the jury are representatives of the German federal states. One state representative is taken from the environment ministry of the state that currently holds the position of chairman of the UMK. The second is taken from the state that previously held the position of chairman of the UMK. In contrast to the other members, these state representatives are only appointed for a period of two years. The jury meets at least twice a year at their scheduled meetings. In between these meetings, the chairman represents the jury at events and discussions. In the first meeting for the relevant term of office, the jury elects a chairman from amongst the Environmental Label Jury and decides on their work programme for their term of office. The jury will generally refrain from using airplanes when travelling to the meetings or other Blue Angel events within Germany.

      • Do the voting procedures of the top decision-making body ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests, where no single interest predominates?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        https://www.blauer-engel.de/en/blue-angel/who-is-behind-it/the-evironmental-label-jury The Environmental Label Jury The independent decision-making body The jury decides which product groups and service sectors should be awarded the Blue Angel. In addition, it discusses and ratifies the respective award criteria developed by the German Environment Agency. The members of the jury are independent and impartial. Membership of the jury is carried out on a voluntary and non-salaried basis. Members of the Environmental Label Jury The jury consists of 16 natural persons who are appointed by the Federal Environment Minister. 14 members of the jury are appointed for a period of three years in agreement with the Chairman of the German Conference of Environment Ministers (UMK). The jury involves all relevant social groups and includes representatives from environmental and consumer associations, as well as those from trade and industry. Two other members of the jury are representatives of the German federal states. One state representative is taken from the environment ministry of the state that currently holds the position of chairman of the UMK. The second is taken from the state that previously held the position of chairman of the UMK. In contrast to the other members, these state representatives are only appointed for a period of two years. The jury meets at least twice a year at their scheduled meetings. In between these meetings, the chairman represents the jury at events and discussions. In the first meeting for the relevant term of office, the jury elects a chairman from amongst the Environmental Label Jury and decides on their work programme for their term of office. The jury will generally refrain from using airplanes when travelling to the meetings or other Blue Angel events within Germany.

      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        Personal Interview (German Federal Environment Agency (UBA))

      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        https://www.blauer-engel.de/sites/default/files/pages/downloads/submitting-application/englisch-mustervertrag-2020-11-09.pdf scheme owner is public institution, any company can apply and will pay fees based on volume of trade of labelled goods, scheme owner is independent from the applicants. applicants sign contract with the independent auditor (RAL)

      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
    • Impact
      2/3
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

    • Supporting Strategies
      0/3
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Standard-Setting
    13/15
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      https://www.blauer-engel.de/en/companies/basic-award-criteria on website a complete list of all standards, including download of stanard in pdf format

    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)

      Source:

      https://www.blauer-engel.de/sites/default/files/publication/be-factsheet-prinzipien-eng-rz_0.pdf In the evaluation process, the Blue Angel takes a holistic view of the life cycle of the product and identifies all important areas relevant to the environment in which environmental pollution could be significantly reduced or even avoided. The Blue Angel focuses on the following key areas here: •resource-conserving production (water, energy) •preferential consideration of recycled materials e.g. for paper and plastic •sustainable products made out of raw materials •the avoidance of pollutants in products •reduced emissions of harmful substances into the soil, air, water and indoor spaces •reduction in noise and electromagnetic radiation •efficient use and products that use a low level of energy or water •durability, reparability and recyclability •good fitness for use •return systems and services that enable the common use of products such as car sharing Newer Basic Award Criteria for the environmental label also include social aspects related to the manufacturing conditions, e.g. observance of the ILO fundamental labor standards.

    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: All stakeholders
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Members only (1 point)
      • Invitation only (1 point)
      • All stakeholders (2 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: Not Applicable
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Does the scheme owner provide information on how the input received from consultations has been included in the final version of the standard?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 1/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)

      Source:

      not applicable

    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: Not Applicable
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      not applicable

    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 1/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes, publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

  • Assurance
    29/44
    • Assurance System
      15/17
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly avilable (2 points)

        Source:

        https://www.blauer-engel.de/en/blue-angel/who-is-behind-it Tester: RAL gGmbH As an independent organisation, RAL gGmbH (a non-profit private limited company) checks compliance with the requirements after the submission of the product-specific application by a company and concludes contracts on the use of the Blue Angel with the companies.

      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        There are no restrictions on who can apply for the standard. The product or service must fall within the respective scope of the standard and comply with all requirements that are in the award criteria. https://www.blauer-engel.de/sites/default/files/pages/downloads/submitting-application/how-do-i-get-blue-angel.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly avilable (2 points)

        Source:

        when enrolling in the scheme, an applicant pays for the "conformity assessment" (by RAL) and use of label. the fees are listed in https://www.blauer-engel.de/sites/default/files/pages/downloads/costs-blue-angel/schedule-fees/contribution-scheme-environmental-label-07-2017-en.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • No (confidential) (1 point)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: Yes incl. scope of certificate or license
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes (publicly) (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: Annual
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Annual (1 point)
        • Every 3 years (1 point)
        • Every 5 years (1 point)
        • Ad hoc (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        (changes in assurance system are resulting in changes in the standards criteria, which are reviewed in fixed years) https://www.blauer-engel.de/sites/default/files/general_information_on_the_term_of_validity_of_the_basic_award_criteria.pdf General information on the term of validity of the Basic Award Criteria Validity of the Basic Award Criteria / contracts The Basic Award Criteria are always agreed for a limited period of time by the Environmental Label Jury. The term of validity for each Basic Award Criteria is generally 3 - 5 years. This term of validity is stated in the “Sample Contract” for the relevant Basic Award Criteria in the last section (generally section 5 or 6). Contracts on the use of the environmental label are exclusively concluded for the term ofvalidity of the relevant Basic Award Criteria.However, they can be extended subject to a reso-lution by the Environmental Label Jury. The term of the contract/contracts on the use of the environmental label also ends when the term of validity for the relevant Basic Award Criteria has expired. Termination of contracts by RAL gGmbH Valid contracts on the use of the environmental label are terminated in writing by RAL gGmbH at the latest by 31 March of the year in which the term of validity expires. The notification about the termination of the contract on the use of the environmental label is sent to the manage-ment of the contractual partner (label holder). If the relevant Basic Award Criteria are not completely withdrawn due to a resolution by the Environmental Label Jury, two editions of the Basic Award Criteria for a product group will be published in parallel on the Blue Angel Website in the final year of the original term of validity: •a “new” edition with a term of validity of between 3-5 years and •a still valid (“old”) edition whose term of validity expires in the year of termination. The label holder is thus able to submit a new application based on the new edition in good time to ensure the transitionless labelling of the products/services with the Blue Angel. New application for extending the use of the Blue Angel A new application can only be submitted in accordance with the new edition of the Basic Award Criteria and only with the new annexes to the contract; i.e. any old annexes to the contract become invalid and cannot be used for a new application. New applications or changes will only be accepted online via the WEB PORTALfrom 1 July 2020. Licence holders who have not yet registered should thus register via the Web Portal in the next few weeks. Further information and a guide to using the WEB PORTAL can be found at:https://portal.ral-umwelt.de/. Extending the term of validity of the Basic Award Criteria The Environmental Label Jury can also extend the term of validity of the relevant Basic Award Criteria. The new term of validity will be published on the Blue Angel website and will also be stated in the Basic Award Criteria. If the term of validity is extended before the regular, written termination of the contracts on the use of the environmental label, no notification of termination is sent and the contracts are au-tomatically extended by the new term of validity. It is also possible that the Environmental Label Jury can extend the term of validity multiple times. If the term of validity is extended after the regular, written notification of termination has been sent, the contract is effectively terminated. The label holder will then be sent a written offer to accept the extended term of validity.The offer to accept the extension to the term of validity is sent to the management of the con-tractual partner (label holder). The contract does not need to be terminated again in this case.

      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (2 points)
        • yes available on request (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

    • Conformity Assessment
      12/17
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        3/3
      • Sustainability Audits
        4/8
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)

          Source:

        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: 4-5 years
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (2 points)
          • 1-2 years (2 points)
          • 2-3 years (2 points)
          • 4-5 years (1 point)
          • 5 years or more (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Document review (off-site) only
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          audit activities may differ, depending on the product catagory. for most products laboratory tests are required, though samples can be taken by the applicant and sent to independent (accredited) laboratories, without need of RAL auditor to visit the production site bais (minimum) procedure is: The applicant sends the filled out annexes, providing all evidence from self declaration and independent laboratories RAL checks the application with all annexes If application meets the standards requirements, the contract is signed, and applicant can use label

        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (1 point)
          • Required (2 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          for each standard, a number of annexes are provided by the applicant these annexes form the "audit report"

        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        0/0
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a requirement that at least all group sites are visited during the period of validity of the certificate?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a sample size formula to determine the number of group members that is externally verified?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Do the requirements on group certification/verification define the conditions under which a group member shall be suspended or removed from a group?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Member suspended from certification (1 point)
          • Member removed from a group (0 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Chain of Custody
        0/0
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          not applicable

        • What is the most independent type of CoC conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (1 point)
          • 2nd party (1 point)
          • 3rd party (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          not applicable

        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          not applicable

        • Does the scheme owner require all enterprises that are physically handling the certified product to undergo a CoC audit if the product can be destined for retail sale as a certified, labelled product?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          not applicable

      • Laboratory Testing
        5/6
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Yes publicly
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (1 point)
          • Yes publicly (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require laboratories to be accredited according to recognized laboratory accreditation standards?
          Answer: Yes to ISO 17025
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (2 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

    • Auditor Competencies
      0/7
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer:
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer:
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer:
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer:
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer:
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer:
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer:
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

    • Accreditation / Oversight
      2/3
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (2 points)
        • 1 year (2 points)
        • 2-3 years (2 points)
        • 4-5 years (1 point)
        • >5 years (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that all CABs are free to apply to operate under the scheme, irrespective of their country of residence, size and of the existing number of providers already operating under the scheme?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to make summary accreditation/oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight assessment includes an on-site assessment of the CAB?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight process includes a review of the performance of CABs and auditors in the field?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
  • Claims & Traceability
    6/6
    • Traceability
      0/0
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable

      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to verify that all enterprises within the chain maintain accurate and accessible records that allow any certified product or batch of products to be traceable from the point of sale to the buyer?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable

      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable

      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable

    • Claims & Labelling
      6/6
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Do claims requirements specify the types of claims that can be made for different types of CoC models, where the scheme owner allows for more than one model?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable

      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        https://www.blauer-engel.de/en/blue-angel/faqs-consumers RAL does not conclude the Contract on the Use of the Environmental label before consulting the respective State Ministry for the Environment and before reviewing the submitted documents for correctness and completeness and the results of the testing laboratories. In the event of misuse of the Blue Angel a warning letter will be sent to the label user and in the event of breach of the Basic Award Criteria the eco-label can be withdrawn. In the past, cases of misuse have been quickly discovered and stopped.

      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable

      • What is the minimum percentage of a certified / verified input in a single ingredient product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-49% (1 point)
        • 50-74% (1 point)
        • 75-94% (2 points)
        • 95-100% (2 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable

      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-20% (1 point)
        • 21-50% (1 point)
        • 51-74% (2 points)
        • 75-100% (2 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable

      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        BLUE ANGEL Logo Guidelines 5 Using the BLUE ANGEL logo on your certified products The official depiction of the Blue Angel logo – as defined in the contract on the use of the environmental label – must be used and it is not permitted to make any changes. It is only permitted to use the BLUE ANGEL logo in combination with a short link, which displays the BLUE ANGEL website and the number of the Basic Award Criteria (UZ number). Instead of the short link, an explanatory box can be optionally used that de-scribes the most important advantages for the environment and health offered by the relevant Basic Award Criteria. This additional information highlights the advantages of the certified product in comparison to other products and thus supports consumers in their purchasing decision. https://www.blauer-engel.de/sites/default/files/sidebar/downloads/be-logo-leitfaden-en.pdf

      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:


En­vir­on­ment 72%

  • Aquatic Toxicity
  • Biodegradability of Substances
  • Chemicals harmful to human health
  • Quantity of Packaging
  • Recyclability of Packaging Material
  • Consumer information regarding sustainable use and disposal of product
  • Chemicals
    12/12
    • Chemical Use
      12/12
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemicals listed on the REACH Candidate List as substances of very high concern?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use except for defined derogations
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use except for defined derogations (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.1.1 Measurement thresholds Every substance that exceeds a concentration of 0.010% by mass in the final formulation must comply with these Basic Award Criteria. This also applies to the raw materials used in the product, any listed additives and impurities. In the case of substances dealt with by the following criteria, a deviating measurement threshold of 0.0010% by mass in the final formulation applies: (...) Table 1: Overview of the measurement thresholds for the requirement criteria Chapter Criterion Measurement threshold in percent by mass [% (w/w)] 3.6 a) General exclusion of substances with certain properties – a) Substances of very high concern (SVHC) ≥ 0.010 (Colouring agents: no lower limit) 3.6 General exclusion of substances with certain properties The use of the following substances is not permitted in order to protect the environment and human health. In the case of mixtures e.g. fragrances where it is not possible to obtain information about the individual substances, the classification rules for mixtures shall be applied. a) Substances of very high concern (SVHC) It is prohibited to use substances in end products labelled with the Blue Angel ecolabel that have been identified in accordance with Article 57 of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 and listed in accordance with Article 59 of the same regulation on the list of candidates10 for inclusion on the Annex of substances subject to authorisation. Impurities in substances added to the end product that correspond to the above named criteria are not permitted. The label holder is obligated to take into account current developments on the list of candidates. [http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/candidate-list-table]

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        3.1.1 Measurement thresholds .................................................................................... 9 3.6 General exclusion of substances with certain properties .......................................... 14

      • Does the standard include criteria on ready biodegradability of substances?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor and restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.4 Biodegradability 3.4.1 Biodegradability of surfactants All of the surfactants contained in the end product must be readily biodegradable9 under aerobic conditions and biodegradable under anaerobic conditions. 3.4.2 Biodegradability of organic substances The content of aerobically not readily biodegradable (aNBO) and anaerobically non- biodegradable (anNBO) organic substances in the product must not exceed the following limits for the reference dosage (information in g/kg laundry). Product type/product form Solid (powder, tablet) Liquid (incl. gel) aNBO anNBO aNBO anNBO Heavy-duty laundry detergent, colour-safe laundry detergent 0.75 1.00 0.40 0.55 Low-duty laundry detergent 0.40 0.40 0.25 0.25 Stain remover 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.10 3.7 Exclusion of substances The following substances are not permitted in the end product, either as part of the formulation or as part of any preparation included in the formulation: • Alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEOs) and derivatives thereof • EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) and its salts • DTPA (diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid) and its salts • Inorganic phosphate(*) (e.g. monophosphoric, diphosphoric, triphosphoric and polyphosphoric acids and their salts) • Reactive chlorine compounds (e.g. hypochlorite) • Borate and perborate • Perfluorinated organic compounds • Halogenated hydrocarbons • Aromatic hydrocarbons • Triclosan • 3-Jod-2-propinylbutylcarbamate • Glutaraldehyde • Quaternary organic ammonium compounds that are not readily biodegradable (...) • Nitromusks and polycyclic musks including e.g.:  Musk xylene: 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene,  Musk ambrette: 4-tert–butyl-3-methoxy-2,6-dinitrotoluene,  Moskene: 1,1,3,3,5-Pentamethyl-4,6-dinitroindan,  Musk tibetine: 1-tert-butyl-3,4,5-trimethyl-2,6-dinitrobenzene,  Musk ketone: 4’-tert-Butyl-2’,6’-dimethyl-3’,5’-dinitroacetaphenol,  HHCB (1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethylcyclopenta(g)-2-benzopyran),  AHTN (6-acetyl-1,1,2,4,4,7-hexamethyltetrali) (...) • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (HICC) • Atranol • Chloratranol • Rhodamine B • Microplastics

        Referenzdokumente:

        3.4 Biodegradability ................................................................................................. 12 3.4.1 Biodegradability of surfactants .......................................................................... 12 3.4.2 Biodegradability of organic substances............................................................... 13 3.7 Exclusion of substances....................................................................................... 17

      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use with exemptions for some ingredients
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use by e.g. a risk based approach (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use with exemptions for some ingredients (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.1.1 Measurement thresholds Every substance that exceeds a concentration of 0.010% by mass in the final formulation must comply with these Basic Award Criteria. This also applies to the raw materials used in the product, any listed additives and impurities. In the case of substances dealt with by the following criteria, a deviating measurement threshold of 0.0010% by mass in the final formulation applies: (...) Table 1: Overview of the measurement thresholds for the requirement criteria Chapter Criterion Measurement threshold in percent by mass [% (w/w)] (...) 3.6 b) General exclusion of substances with certain properties – b) Substances classified with the H-phrases listed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 ≥ 0.010 (Colouring agents: no lower limit) (...) 3.6 General exclusion of substances with certain properties The use of the following substances is not permitted in order to protect the environment and human health. In the case of mixtures e.g. fragrances where it is not possible to obtain information about the individual substances, the classification rules for mixtures shall be applied. b) Substances which according to the criteria of Regulation (EC) No 1272/200811 are assigned the following H Phrases named in Table 2 or which meet the criteria for such classification. Table 2: Restrictive hazard classifications and their assignment to the categories EC Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation) Wording Toxic substances H300 Fatal if swallowed H301 Toxic if swallowed H304 May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways H310 Fatal in contact with skin H311 Toxic in contact with skin H330 Fatal if inhaled H331 Toxic if inhaled EUH070 Toxic by eye contact H370 Causes damage to organs H371 May cause damage to organs H372 Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure H373 May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure Carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances H340 May cause genetic defects H341 Suspected of causing genetic defects H350 May cause cancer H350i May cause cancer if inhaled H351 Suspected of causing cancer H360F May damage fertility H360D May damage the unborn child H360FD May damage fertility May damage the unborn child H360Fd May damage fertility Suspected of damaging the unborn child H360Df May damage the unborn child Suspected of damaging fertility H361f Suspected of damaging fertility H361d Suspected of damaging the unborn child H361fd Suspected of damaging fertility Suspected of damaging the unborn child H362 May cause harm to breast fed children The use of substances or mixtures which upon processing change their properties (e.g. become no longer bioavailable, undergo chemical modification) in a way that the identified hazard no longer applies are exempted from the above requirement. Deviations: The following substances or mixtures are specifically exempted from the above requirement: EC Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation) Wording NTA as an impurity in MGDA and GLDA(***) H351 Suspected of causing cancer

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        3.1.1 Measurement thresholds .................................................................................... 9 3.6 General exclusion of substances with certain properties .......................................... 14

      • Does the scheme include criteria on other substances which have impact on human health and the environment?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.1.1 Measurement thresholds Every substance that exceeds a concentration of 0.010% by mass in the final formulation must comply with these Basic Award Criteria. This also applies to the raw materials used in the product, any listed additives and impurities. In the case of substances dealt with by the following criteria, a deviating measurement threshold of 0.0010% by mass in the final formulation applies: (..) • 3.8 Requirements for specific substances There is no lower measurement threshold for colouring agents. Table 1: Overview of the measurement thresholds for the requirement criteria Chapter Criterion Measurement threshold in percent by mass [% (w/w)] (...) 3.6 b) General exclusion of substances with certain properties – b) Substances classified with the H- phrases listed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 ≥ 0.010 (Colouring agents: no lower limit) (...) 3.8.3 Requirements for specific substances – colouring agents no lower limit 3.6 General exclusion of substances with certain properties The use of the following substances is not permitted in order to protect the environment and human health. In the case of mixtures e.g. fragrances where it is not possible to obtain information about the individual substances, the classification rules for mixtures shall be applied. b) Substances which according to the criteria of Regulation (EC) No 1272/200811 are assigned the following H Phrases named in Table 2 or which meet the criteria for such classification. (...) Sensitizing substances H334 May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled H317 May cause an allergic skin reaction The use of substances or mixtures which upon processing change their properties (e.g. become no longer bioavailable, undergo chemical modification) in a way that the identified hazard no longer applies are exempted from the above requirement. Deviations: The following substances or mixtures are specifically exempted from the above requirement: EC Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation) Wording (...) Enzymes (**) H334 May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled H317 May cause an allergic skin reaction (...) 3.8.2 Fragrances b) Fragrances that are subject to labelling as detergents in accordance with Annex VII of Regulation (EC) No. 648/2004 and which are not already excluded by criteria 3.6, as well as (other) fragrances classified as H317 (May cause an allergic skin reaction) and/or H334 (May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled) must not be present in the end product in concentrations ≥ 0.010 % (≥ 100 ppm) per substance. c) Products specially designed for or advertised as being suitable for allergy sufferers are not permitted to contain any fragrances. (...) 3.8.3 Colouring agents The end product must not contain any colouring agents that are bioaccumulating. A colouring agent is considered to be non-bioaccumulating if it has a bioconcentration factor (BCF) < 100 or a log Pow < 3.0. If the values for both the BCF and the log Pow are available, the highest measurement for the BCF is valid. If using colouring agents that have been approved for use in foodstuffs, no documentation about the bioconcentration factor needs to be submitted.

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        3.1.1 Measurement thresholds .................................................................................... 9 3.6 General exclusion of substances with certain properties .......................................... 14 3.8.2 Fragrances ..................................................................................................... 19 3.8.3 Colouring agents ............................................................................................. 20

      • Does the standard include criteria on limitations of aquatic toxicity of the product?
        Answer: Advanced: Definition of a product specific critical dilution volume
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Limitation of aquatic toxicity (1 point)
        • Advanced: Definition of a product specific critical dilution volume (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.5 Toxicity to aquatic organisms The critical dilution volume toxicity (CDVchronic) is calculated for each substance (i) using the following equation: [formula ] where the weight(i) is the weight of the substance (in grams) in the recommended dosage. DF(i) is the degradation factor and TFchronic(i) is the value for the chronic toxicity of the substance (in milligrams/litre). The parameters DF and TFchronic shall be taken from Part A of the Detergent Ingredient Database (DID list) (Appendix). If the substance in question is not included in Part A of the DID list, the applicant shall estimate the values in accordance with the approach stated in Part B of the DID list (Appendix). The sum of CDVchronic for the individual substances gives the CDVchronic for the end product. The CDVchronic must not exceed the following limits for the reference dosage: Type of product Maximum permissible CDVchronic Heavy-duty laundry detergent, colour-safe laundry detergent 25 000 l/kg laundry Low-duty laundry detergent 18 000 l/kg laundry Stain remover 3 500 l/kg laundry

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        3.5 Toxicity to aquatic organisms............................................................................... 13

      • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of microplastic?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.1.1 Measurement thresholds Every substance that exceeds a concentration of 0.010% by mass in the final formulation must comply with these Basic Award Criteria. This also applies to the raw materials used in the product, any listed additives and impurities. In the case of substances dealt with by the following criteria, a deviating measurement threshold of 0.0010% by mass in the final formulation applies: • 3.7 Exclusion of substances Table 1: Overview of the measurement thresholds for the requirement criteria Chapter Criterion Measurement threshold in percent by mass [% (w/w)] 3.7 Exclusion of substances ≥ 0.0010 3.7 Exclusion of substances The following substances are not permitted in the end product, either as part of the formulation or as part of any preparation included in the formulation: (...) • Microplastics

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        3.7 Exclusion of substances....................................................................................... 17

      • Does the standard include criteria on the limited use of propellants?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        "(…) Excluded from the scope of these Basic Award Criteria are: (...) - Sprays that contain propellant gas."

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        2 Scope

  • Water
    0/2
    • Water use
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Inputs
    4/4
    • Packaging
      4/4
      • Does the standard include criteria on the quantity of packaging?
        Answer: Advanced: Defined calculations to measure the quantity of packaging
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: General requirement to minimize the amount of material used (1 point)
        • Advanced: Defined calculations to measure the quantity of packaging (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.12 Packaging requirements a) The weight utility ratio (WUR) of the primary packaging must not exceed the following values: Type of product WUR Solid laundry detergent (e.g. powder) 1.2 g/kg laundry Liquid or gel laundry detergent 1.2 g/kg laundry Stain remover 1.2 g/kg laundry Primary packagings consisting of more than 80% renewable materials are exempt from this requirement. The WUR is only calculated for the primary packaging (including caps, stoppers and label) based on the following formula: WUR = Σ((Wi +Ui) / (Di * Ri)) Key for the calculation formula:  Wi: the weight [g] of the primary packaging (i);  Ui: the weight [g] of non-recycled materials in the primary packaging (i). Ui = Wi, unless the applicant can verify a different number;  Di: the number of reference doses in the primary packaging (i). In the case of ready-to-use products, Di = product volume (in litres);  Ri: recycling figure. Ri = 1 (if the packaging is not reused for the same purpose) or Ri = 2 (if the applicant can verify that the packaging components are used for the same purpose and he/she sells refill packs b) Packagings, sleeves, labels or closures made of halogenated polymers e.g. PVC are not permitted. c) Paper/cardboard used in the sales packaging must be manufactured using at least 80% recycled materials. In the case of secondary packaging that also serves as transport packaging, the proportion of recycled materials must be at least 70%. Packaging materials are considered recycled if product waste (post-consumer waste) has been subjected to a material recycling process. d) Recycling-oriented design Plastic packaging must be designed for the purpose of easy recycling i.e. where possible no potentially hazardous materials and incompatible materials should be used that are known to hinder the separation or recycling of the materials or reduce the quality of the recycled materials. No individual or combination of materials or components listed in Table 3 may be contained in the labels or sleeves, closures and, if relevant, barrier coatings. Pump mechanisms (including in sprays) are exempt from this requirement. Table 3: Materials and components that are excluded from use as a packaging component: Packaging component Excluded materials and components (*) (...)

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        3.12 Packaging requirements ...................................................................................... 22

      • Does the standard include criteria on the packaging material in order to facilitate recycling?
        Answer: Advanced: Recyclability of packaging material AND the use of recycled material in packaging
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Either recyclability of packaging material OR the use of recycled material in packaging (1 point)
        • Advanced: Recyclability of packaging material AND the use of recycled material in packaging (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.12 Packaging requirements a) The weight utility ratio (WUR) of the primary packaging must not exceed the following values: (...) Primary packagings consisting of more than 80% renewable materials are exempt from this requirement c) Paper/cardboard used in the sales packaging must be manufactured using at least 80% recycled materials. In the case of secondary packaging that also serves as transport packaging, the proportion of recycled materials must be at least 70%. Packaging materials are considered recycled if product waste (post-consumer waste) has been subjected to a material recycling process. d) Recycling-oriented design Plastic packaging must be designed for the purpose of easy recycling i.e. where possible no potentially hazardous materials and incompatible materials should be used that are known to hinder the separation or recycling of the materials or reduce the quality of the recycled materials. No individual or combination of materials or components listed in Table 3 may be contained in the labels or sleeves, closures and, if relevant, barrier coatings. Pump mechanisms (including in sprays) are exempt from this requirement. Table 3: Materials and components that are excluded from use as a packaging component: Packaging component Excluded materials and components (*) All components • Components in the EuPIA list (exclusion list for printing inks and related products) Label or sleeve • PS label or PS sleeve in combination with a PP, HDPE or PET bottle • A PETG or PETC label or a PETG sleeve or PETC sleeve in combination with a PET bottle • Other plastic materials for sleeves/labels with a density > 1 g/cm3 in combination with a PET bottle • Other plastic materials for sleeves/labels with a density < 1 g/cm3 in combination with a PP or HDPE bottle • Labels or sleeves that are metallised or labels or sleeves that are welded without a seam to a packaging body (in mould labelling) with PET bottles • Non water-soluble adhesives in combination with moisture-resistant labels with a PE or PP bottle, non-soluble adhesive (in water or alkaline at 80°C) for PET bottles Closures • A PS closure in combination with a PP, HDPE or PET bottle • PETG closures and/or PETG closure material and other plastic closure components with a density of above 1 g/cm3 in combination with a PET bottle • Closures made of metal, glass, EVA • Closures made of silicone. Exempted are silicone closures with a density < 1 g/cm3 in combination with a PET bottle and silicone closures with a density > 1g/cm3 in combination with a PP or HDPE bottle • Silicon components with PE and PP bottles • Components made out of foamed elastomers with a PE and PP bottle • Elastomer components with a density > 1 g/cm3 with a PET bottle • Metallic foils or seals which remain fixed to the bottle or its closure after the product has been opened (*) EVA — Ethylene vinyl acetate, EVOH — Ethylene vinyl alcohol, HDPE — High-density polyethylene, PET — Polyethylene terephtalate, PETG — Polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified, PETC — Crystalline polyethylene terephthalate, PP — Polypropylene, PS — Polystyrene, PVC — Polyvinyl chloride Please note: the combinations PP and HDPE and also PE and LLDPE, LDPE or HDPE are permitted.

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        3.12 Packaging requirements ...................................................................................... 22

  • Energy & Climate
    0/2
    • Climate Change Mitigation
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Waste and Air Pollution
    1/2
    • Waste Management
      1/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme include criteria on consumer information on the sustainable use and disposal of the product?
        Answer: Advanced: Consumer information on the sustainable use of the product
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: -
        • Advanced: Consumer information on the sustainable use of the product (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.13.3 Information on the packaging a) The type of enzyme contained in the product must be stated on the packaging. b) The packaging must also contain the following or comparable instructions: • Wash at the lowest possible temperature. • Fill the drum with maximum possible load for the type of textile. • Dose the laundry detergent according to the level of soiling and the level of water hardness, follow the dosage instructions to achieve the best possible washing performance with the least amount of detergent. • Information on obtaining a dosage aid (if relevant). • Instructions on where information about water hardness can be found. c) The primary packaging must contain information on reuse, recycling and the proper disposal of the packaging.

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        3.13.3 Information on the packaging ........................................................................... 24

  • Environmental Management
    0/2
    • Does the standard include criteria on environmental policy or management instruments (like EMAS or ISO 14001)?
      Answer: No
      Degree of Obligation: Not covered
      Score: 0/2
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)
  • Quality
    1/1
    • Quality and Suitability
      1/1
      • Does the standard include criteria on the fitness for use of the product for the intended purpose?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.11 Fitness for use The end product must be fit for use and meet the requirements of the consumer. To ensure that this is the case, the tests for assessing the product's fitness for use described in Appendix B shall be carried out. Appendix B Fitness for use of laundry detergents The performance test is equal to the „Revised EU Ecolabel protocol for testing laundry detergents“.

        Referenzdokumente:

        3.11 Fitness for use ................................................................................................... 21 Appendix B Fitness for use of laundry detergents ........................................................... 29


So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 0%

  • Verification of Core Labour Standards along the Supply Chain
  • Equal Opportunities
  • CSR Strategy
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    0/4
    • ILO Core Conventions
      0/2
      • Does the standard require compliance with (at least) all ILO core labour standards for different suppliers along the supply chain?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Health and Safety
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    0/2
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      0/1
      • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/1
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Company Responsibility
    0/7
    • Company Responsibility in Europe
      0/5
      • Does the standard require the implementation of measures that aim at generating equal economic opportunities for women and men?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard require the definition of a company-wide CSR strategy?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on community engagement?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include requirements on measures that aim at managing demographic change?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Impact Assessment
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the impacts of operations on human rights?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Cultivation of renewable raw materials (e.g. palm oil) and/or extraction and production of ingredients

Manufacturing

Production of detergents and cleaning agents by the mixing of various ingredients (vegetable or petroleum-based)

Transportation / distribution

Transport routes from one production stage to the next and to end users

Products use and consumption

Usage of detergents and cleaning agents

End-of-life

Proper disposal of packaging along with degradability and toxicity of the product (in water) after its use