On 13 July 2013, a Regulation concerning the eco-design of vacuum cleaners was published which establishes eco-design requirements and information to be provided to manufacturers, with the aim of making energy consumption of vacuum cleaners more efficient. The Regulation was adopted in the context of the EU Directive on eco-design requirements for energy-related products. Different deadlines apply for different measures, in an attempt to give manufacturers time to make the necessary alterations. The complete package of measures will come into force by 1 September 2017

The Regulation is available here:http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:192:0024:0034:EN:PDF.