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Energy using Products in Malta

Published April 6, 2008

Design for Environment

Malta has implemented the EU Directive on energy-using products (EuPs) through the Product Safety Act LN 347 of 2007 - Framework for the Setting of Ecodesign Requirements for Energy-Using Products Regulation (the “Eco-Design Act”). The law entered into force on 11 August 2007.

As the EuP Directive, the Eco-Design Act establishes a framework for the setting of eco-design requirements for such products. The Eco-Design Act has been further implemented through implementing measures, and further implementing measures are contemplated in due course. Energy-using products are not be subject to eco-design or energy efficiency requirements until implementing measures have been issued. The Eco-Design Act itself does not create legal obligations for manufacturers. Under implementing measures, manufacturers will be required to perform an assessment of the environmental aspects of their products throughout their life cycle. They will have to use this assessment to evaluate alternative design solutions, with the aim of improving the environmental performance of their products.

Implementing measures are prepared by the Regulatory Affairs Directorate of the Malta Standards Authority and adopted by the Parliament. If a product subject to an implementing measure does not comply with the standards imposed by such a measure, possible sanctions include fines, imprisonment and product withdrawal.


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