Updated Ecodesign requirements


Nine Regulations will apply updated ecodesign requirements across nine classes of electric product. This includes electric motors, variable speed drives and lighting. Ecodesign requirements must be met in order to place the products on the market from the respective date set.

The UK's Clean Growth Strategy commits to at least keeping step with equivalent ecodesign standards 'where possible and appropriate' post-Brexit.



The following Regulations will apply updated ecodesign requirements on the respective products. Products placed on the EU market will need to meet these requirements.


Products concerned

Date in force

Regulation (EU) 2019/1781

Electric motors and variable speed drives

1 July 2021

Regulation (EU) 2019/1782

External power supplies for household and office equipment

1 April 2020

Regulation (EU) 2019/1784

Welding equipment

1 January 2021

Regulation (EU) 2019/2019

Electric refrigerating appliances (excluding professional refrigerated storage cabinets and blast cabinets, mobile appliances and refrigerators for direct sales)

1 March 2021

Regulation (EU) 2019/2020

Light sources and separate control gears

1 September 2021

Regulation (EU) 2019/2021

Electronic displays (including televisions, monitors and digital signage)

1 March 2021

Regulation (EU) 2019/2022

Household dishwashers

1 March 2021

Regulation (EU) 2019/2023

Household washing machines and household washer-dryers

1 March 2021

Regulation (EU) 2019/2024

Electric refrigerating appliances for direct sales

1 March 2021

Brexit Implications

These Ecodesign requirements will come into force after the date the UK is anticipated to leave the EU. Additionally all bar one will come into force after the Brexit transitional period is due to end on 31 December 2019.

Therefore, the UK will not be obliged to transpose these requirements to law. However, the Clean Growth Strategy commits to at least keep step with equivalent EU standards wherever possible and appropriate. As a result, requirements may be applied voluntarily.

In any event, UK manufacturers of these products will still be required to comply with the standards set if they intend to place them on the EU market.



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