An obligation to install detergent refill stations is risky for customers and imposes unjustified burdens on the economic operators

Independent Retail Europe and EuroCommerce welcome the Commission’s proposal on the Detergents and Surfactants Regulation, which aims to modernise the applicable legal framework in light of new market trends. However, they call on decision-makers not to propose mandatory refill stations for products such as detergents, which, given their nature, in case of misuse by customers can lead to harmful consequences for others, in particular for children. We also warned that proposals of amendments to the Commission proposal making refill stations mandatory have not been subject to any impact assessment, while creating many issues for consumers and customers alike. Our key concerns on mandatory refill stations for detergents can be found in our joint statement.