Detergents Regulation

Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on detergents (Text with EEA relevance)


This Regulation establishes rules designed to achieve the free movement of detergents and surfactants for detergents in the internal market while, at the same time, ensuring a high degree of protection of the environment and human health. (Art. 1) 'Detergent' means any substance or mixture soaps and/or other surfactants intended for washing and cleaning processes. (Art. 2 (1)) Definitions of a 'substance' and 'mixture' are harmonised with REACH regulation.


Not Specified

Regulatory activities

Granting of derogation (Art.5) The request by a manufacturer for derogation shall be made by sending an application to the competent authority of the Member State concerned and to the Commission, providing evidence relating to the criteria mentioned under Art. 6(1). No procedure is established at the European Union level for submission of application for derogation. The competent authority of the Member State will review the application and, in case that it is rejected, it will inform the manufacturer and the Commission. If the application for derogation is approved, the Commission will inform the relevant Committee and launch the comitology procedure. It is important to note that the derogation applies in all Member States.

Relevant product types

No reference data indicated

Reference documents

yes Directive 2004/9/EC on the inspection and verification of good laboratory practice Directive 1999/45/EC concerning the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations Decision 1999/468/EC Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products

Obligations based on CLP hazard class

Yes. Article 11. Labelling. The provisions of these articles are without prejudice to the provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and preparations in Directive 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC. This needs to be aligned with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging regulation.

Obligations based on properties of concerns

No specific provisions

EU-level occupational exposure limits

No specific provisions

EU-level emission limit values

No provision

Substance-centric data source(s) at the EU level

No specific database established for this Regulation

Industry submission system in place

No submission (electronic) system in place

Format for industry submission

Not applicable


DG GROW (in the context of being a 'legislation owner')

Update process

Updates of Annexes V and VI are carried out by the Commission and the Committee. DG GROW and the Committee in the context of maintenance and update of Annexes V and VI


Commission Regulation (EC) No 907/2006 of 20 June 2006 Regulation (EC) No 1336/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 Regulation (EC) No 219/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 Commission Regulation (EC) No 551/2009 of 25 June 2009 Regulation (EU) No 259/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2012