Vacuum cleaners are covered by the Ecodesign Regulation EU No 666/2013 amended by Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/2282 with regard to the use of tolerances in verification procedures. Vacuum cleaners are further covered by the Energy Labelling Regulation EU No 665/2013 amended by Regulation (EU) No 518/2014 regarding labelling on the internet and Regulation 254/2017 regarding the use of tolerances in verification procedures.

The regulations cover electric mains-operated vacuum cleaners, including hybrid vacuum cleaners that can be powered by both electric mains and batteries. Wet, wet and dry, battery operated, robot, industrial, outdoor, and central vacuum cleaners are exempted from the regulations, as well as floor polishers. Those of these products that are intended for household use, are however covered by the standby regulation ((EC) No 1275/2008) under Annex I point 1, in the category “Other appliances for cooking and other processing of food, cleaning, and maintenance of clothes.”


The overall objective of the study is to update the existing preparatory study according to the MEErP methodology, including:


  • An updated overview of the EU vacuum cleaner market, stock and energy consumption

  • An evaluation of the impact of the existing regulation


  • An assessment regarding resource efficiency – most likely disassembly, recyclability, reparability and durability following the adoption of the Circular Economy Package in December 2015 and the new Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019.



Additionally, the review focuses on the aspects that are mentioned in the Ecodesign revision clause (Article 7) of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 666/2013, which are:


  • The verification tolerances set out in Annex III (Commission Regulation (EU) No 666/2013)


  • Whether full size battery operated vacuum cleaners should be included in the scope

  • Whether it is feasible to set annual energy consumption, dust pick-up and dust re-emission requirements that are based on measurement with a partly loaded rather than an empty receptacle.

Moreover, the study will also assess other relevant aspects such as potential loopholes or needs for clarifications.

This study is conducted using the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-using products (MEErP) as established in 2011 and revised in 2013. This methodology was developed to allow evaluating whether and to which extent various energy-related products fulfil certain criteria according to Article 15 and Annex I and/or II of the Ecodesign Directive that make them eligible for implementing measures. The 2013 revision has added different material efficiency aspects to the methodology.

The methodology requires the contractor to carry out 7 tasks, ranging from product definition to policy scenario analysis:


  • Task 1 – Scope (definitions, standards and legislation);


  • Task 2 – Markets (volumes and prices);


  • Task 3 – Users (product demand side);


  • Task 4 – Technologies (product supply side, includes both BAT and BNAT);


  • Task 5 – Environment & Economics (Base case LCA & LCC);


  • Task 6 – Design options;


  • Task 7 – Scenarios (Policy, scenario, impact and sensitivity analysis).


Tasks 1 to 4 can be performed in parallel, whereas 5, 6 and 7 are sequential.





















The study started in the middle of July 2017 and is expected to finish in the summer of 2019. The table below gives an indicative timeline for the coming activities. The timeline is subject to change and may be updated during the course of the study.









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