The Ministry of Economy is preparing an Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the specific requirements for certain products having a negative effect on the environment of 23 July 2004 (Journal of Laws of 2004, No 179, item 1846). The main aim of the amendment is the derogation of the Polish regulations allowing the marketing, to the general public, of consumer detergents containing phosphate compounds and the assurance of compliance of Polish law with EU regulations.

The necessity for the introduction of the amendment results from Regulation (EU) No 259/2012 on detergents as regards the use of phosphates and other phosphorus compounds in consumer laundry detergents and consumer automatic dishwasher detergents.

The current Polish legislation of 2004 allows the marketing, to the general public, of certain detergents used for washing and cleaning purposes and containing phosphates with a concentration level of up to 6% by weight. The most commonly used phosphate compound is sodium triphosphate (STPP). The new amendment derogates the domestic legislation allowing the marketing of phosphate compounds in detergents used for washing and cleaning purposes.

The deadline for the enactment of the draft by the Ministry of Economy set forth by Regulation (EU) No 259/2012 ends on 30 June 2013.