Fabian Demicoli

Use of phosphates and their compounds in household laundry

The European Commission has proposed to ban the use of phosphates and to limit the content of other phosphorous containing compounds in laundry detergents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The draft Regulation aims to reduce the phosphates found in waste water and to improve water quality. The draft Regulation does not affect detergents for automatic dishwashers or those used by professionals as technically and economically feasible alternatives are not yet available throughout the EU but the European Commission will review the situation concerning automatic dishwashers' detergents by end of 2014. However, Member States can regulate the phosphate content of these detergents in specific circumstances.

http://www.msa.org.mt/rad/chemicals/consultations/2010/Ongoing/

The link above gives access to the Commission proposal, the impact assessment summary and the information consultation document.

In view of the above kindly submit any comments by mail, fax or e-mail by Friday 21st January 2011 to Audrey Anne Anastasi on

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