Learn about SEAI's role in ensuring awareness and compliance with EU labelling and ecodesign regulations. Find out more about energy labels and what they mean.

EU regulations of high energy use products

A wide range of high use energy products are covered by the EU Ecodesign, Energy Labelling and Tyre Labelling Regulation. These include many household appliances, building service products, and industrial products. All products covered use significant amounts of energy in an EU context.

As well as informing market operators about their obligations and setting minimum standards, the regulations give consumers important energy information through labelling.

SEAI's market surveillance role in Ireland

We have been given functional responsibility for market surveillance of these regulations in Ireland by the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). This includes:

  • Compliance promotion – raising awareness and educating market operators on their obligations under the regulations
  • Compliance monitoring – undertaking both planned and responsive inspections
  • Compliance verification – documentation and laboratory checks

Market Surveillance Authority

Later in 2017, we are expected to become the Market Surveillance Authority (MSA) overseeing market surveillance of these regulations. This will give us additional powers of enforcement.