Strengthened EU rules on detergent surfactant biodegradability and ingredient labelling will enter force on 8 October 2005. The new regulation was published in the bloc's official journal on 8 April after being finalised politically in March (EED 12/03/04).
The regulation sets new tests of ultimate surfactant biodegradability, addressing concerns that long-standing EU primary biodegrability requirements did not address potential metabolite toxicity. Biodegradability requirements are extended to all surfactants.
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