All purpose cleaners

The product group ‘All-purpose cleaners and sanitary cleaners’ shall comprise: all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners, and sanitary cleaners.

(a) All-purpose cleaners comprising detergent products intended for the routine cleaning of floors, walls, ceilings, windows and other fixed surfaces, and which are either diluted in water prior to use or used without dilution. All-purpose cleaners shall mean products intended for indoor use in buildings which include domestic, commercial and industrial facilities.

(b) Window cleaners comprising specific cleaners intended for the routine cleaning of windows, and which are used without dilution.

(c) Sanitary cleaners comprising detergent products intended for the routine removal, including by scouring, of dirt and/or deposits in sanitary facilities, such as laundry rooms, toilets, bathrooms, showers and kitchens. This subgroup thus contains bathroom cleaners and kitchen cleaners.

The product group shall cover products for both private and professional use. The products shall be mixtures of chemical substances and must not contain micro-organisms that have been deliberately added by the manufacturer.

For the purpose of this Decision, the following definitions shall apply:

  1. ‘substance’ means a chemical element and its compounds in the natural state or obtained by any production process, including any additive necessary to preserve the stability of the product and any impurity deriving from the process used but excluding any solvent, which may be separated without affecting the stability of the substance or changing its composition;
  2. ‘product’ (or ‘mixture’) means a mixture or solution of two or more substances, which do not react.


  • Pursuant to  the decision of the European Commission for a new framework for the EU Ecolabel, the fees have been adjusted. The fees became effective on 16 January 2015. 

    AMOUNT  TYPE OF FEE
    Application fee / renewal fee, standard * EUR 2000 + VAT****
    Application fee / renewal fee, SMEs and operators in developing countries * EUR 600 + VAT****
    Application fee / renewal fee, micro-enterprises * EUR 350 + VAT****
    Inspection visit EUR 1,000 + VAT**** per day away from the office plus refund of all travel and accommodation costs
    Amendment/Extension of fee EUR 125 + VAT**** per working hour spent
    but not exceeding the application fees above
    Annual License fee ** / ***

    0.15% of the turnover in EEA-member countries*****
    however minimum EUR 1,500 + VAT**** per year and maximum EUR 25,000 + VAT**** per year

    * If the applicant is also registered under the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) or certified according to ISO 14001, the application and renewal fees are reduced subject to the ecolabelling requirements being expressly incorporated in the certification as part of the environmental policy and specific environmental objectives. The reduction is 30% for EMAS, and 15% for ISO 14001. The reduction is not cumulative. In order for the applicant to be entitled to this reduction, documentation of certification shall be submitted at the time of application as well as a copy of and reference to the parts of the management system in which the ecolabelling requirements are expressly incorporated.

    ** License fees for micro-enterprises, SMEs and operators in developing countries are reduced by 25%.

    *** For license holders licensed to use the Nordic Ecolabel for the same products during the same period, the Nordic share of the EU turnover may be excluded from the calculation of the license fee for the EU ecolabel. This does not affect maximum and minimum fees.

    **** The sale is subject to reverse charge. The recipient is liable for the VAT according to article 56 of the Council Directive 2006/112/EC.

    ***** The EEA (European Economic Area) consists of all EU member countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

    Applicable from 16 January 2015.