'Eco-labeling' originated from a desire by companies that were leading the 'green revolution' to demonstrate that their products were less environmentally damaging than those of their competitors.


Within Europe, the EU Commission developed the voluntary 'Eco-label' scheme in 1992. The intention was for Eco-labels to be awarded to products that, for example, do not contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which damage the ozone layer, or to products that can be, or are, recycled, or to those that are energy efficient. The labels are awarded on a set of environmental criteria set by the Commission, covering the entire life cycle of a product, from the extraction of raw materials, through manufacture, distribution, use and disposal.


The European Eco-label scheme is, however, currently suffering from a lack of credibility, because of the plethora of alternative schemes, some with poor or non-existent control of claims. Eco-labels that are subject to third party control such as the EU Eco-Leaf (illustrated), Nordic Swan, or Blue Angel are therefore preferred. Not all eco-labels are applicable to all types of product, and consequently care needs to be exercised in selecting the most suitable scheme.


Our Environmental Systems Specialist can help you:


  • Identify the most suitable eco-label scheme

  • Understand the requirements

  • Conduct device by device gap analyses

  • Achieve compliance by filling the identified gaps

  • Develop standard operating procedures to meet the requirements of the selected scheme


Contact us for more information on how GEMARMED can help you achieve eco-labeling for your device, or to talk with our Environmental Systems Specialist.