It has been a good news for vacuum cleaner companies in Europe when the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 665/2013 was annuled. Early this year, the European Commission publicized the Case T-544/13 RENV or the Judgment of the General Court of November 8, 2018 in relation to the energy labelling requirements of vacuum cleaners. It was on January 18, 2019 when the dismissal of this regulation took place.
This includes subsequent effect which may seem that the regulation had never been imposed. Although, this decision made by the General Court of Europe does not cater for conditional controls. Because of it, the judgment entails consequences resulting from its effectivity on the 19th of January this year up to this moment on.
Consequences of the annulment of EU No 665/2013
Just like any other law such as the laws governing the use of scooters, consequences are at hand. Below are the consequences that the dismissal of the said regulation has been facing.
No market place for vacuum cleaners
Those vacuum cleaners that contain the energy label given by the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 665/2013 can not be placed by the Suppliers on the Union market.
Information sheet should not be made available to the public
Vacuum cleaners with energy label are not allowed for market display. Moreover, these vacuums are no longer permitted for distance and online selling by the dealers. In addition to that, information sheet of the product should not be made available for the customers. Referencing to the energy efficiency class of this cleaning tool should not be done by the suppliers and dealers as well.
Lastly, the efficiency classes coverage that are seen on the label for advertisement or for promotional supplies should no longer be available. However, in other country his cleaning tool are sold without any restrictions. In case you want to check for those product you are free to click here.
Discontinuation of entering the vacuum cleaners in the public
Under this regulation, the suppliers were not already allowed to enter the vacuum cleaners information provided in the Article 4 and Annex I of the Regulation (EU) No 2017/1369 into the public or any of its parts in the product data system.
(EU) Regulation No 666/2013 or the ecodesign requirements for vacuum cleaners is still in action. However, the ruling of the Court has no effect on both the ecodesign and labelling requirements of other products in the market.
The process of reviewing of the requirements on ecodesign and labelling for vacuum cleaners continues to go on headed by the European Commission. This is for the purpose of updating and setting new energy labelling arrangement for vacuums.