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Welcome to the website of the special review study on Vacuum Cleaners. This review is ‘special’ because, planned earlier than a full review study, the Vacuum Cleaner Ecodesign Regulation requires review of a few specifically mentioned technical aspects.

Article 7 of the Regulation indicates that the Commission shall review the specific ecodesign requirements on the durability of the hose and the operational motor lifetime and present the result of that review to the Consultation Forum no later than 1 September 2016.

Commission Regulation (EU) No 666/2013 with regard to ecodesign requirements for vacuum cleaners(1) indicates that from 1st of September 2017 the hose, if any, shall be durable so that it is still usable after 40 000 oscillations under strain and that the operational motor lifetime shall be greater than or equal to 500 hours.

In order to achieve the objectives stated above the following activities will be performed:

Task 1

Determining whether the existing methods for determining the durability of the hose and the operational motor lifetime are appropriate.

The existing test methods are described in:

  • EN 60312-1:2013 - Vacuum cleaners for household use - Part 1: Dry vacuum cleaners Methods for measuring the performance, point 6.9 includes a test methodology for determining the durability of the hose by its repeated bending.
  • EN 60312-1:2013 - Vacuum cleaners for household use - Part 1: Dry vacuum cleaners- Methods for measuring the performance, point 6.10 includes a methodology for determining the operational motor lifetime of the motor.

Task 2

Determining whether the existing methods for determining the durability of the hose and the operational motor lifetime could be simplified.

 

(1) Commission Regulation (EU) No 666/2013 of 8 July 2013 implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for vacuum cleaners Text with EEA relevance, OJ L 192, 13.7.2013, p. 24–34

 

Planning

Date

Activity

March 2016 Interim report
25 April 2016 Stakeholder meeting

Location:
Albert Borschette Conference Centre (CCAB), Rue Froissart 36, Brussels

Date and time:
Monday, 25 April 2016
Entry registration starts at 9:30hr
Meeting at 10:00 - 13:00hr (latest)

June 2016 Draft Final report
August 2016 Final report

 

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