Household tumble driers are covered by Ecodesign Regulation (EU) No 932/2012. This regulation has been amended by Regulation (EU) 2016/2282 regarding the use of tolerances in verification procedures. Household tumble driers are further covered by Energy Labelling Regulation (EU) No 392/2011. The latter has been amended by Regulation (EU) No 518/2014 regarding labelling on the internet, and by Regulation (EU) 2017/254 regarding the use of tolerances in verification procedures and has been corrected by a Corrigendum (OJ L 124, 11.5.2012, p. 56).

The regulations cover electric mains-operated and gas-fired household tumble driers and built-in household tumble driers, including those sold for non-household use. Household combined washer-driers and household spin-extractors are exempted.

The overall objective of the study is to conduct an update of the existing preparatory study according to MEErP methodology including:


  • An evaluation of the impact of the existing regulations


  • An assessment regarding resource efficiency most likely disassembly, recyclability, reparability and durability following the adoption of the Circular Economy Package in December 2015 and the new Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019

  • Rescaling of products back to the A – G energy labelling scale following the revised framework Regulation on Energy Efficiency Labelling.

  • As mentioned in the Ecodesign revision clause (Article 7) of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 932/2012, an assessment of the verification tolerances set out in Annex III of the regulation and the efficiency of air-vented appliances.

This study is conducted using the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-using products (MEErP) as established in 2011 and revised in 2013. This methodology was developed to allow evaluating whether and to which extent various energy-related products fulfil certain criteria according to Article 15 and Annex I and/or II of the Ecodesign Directive that make them eligible for implementing measures. The 2013 revision has added different material efficiency aspects to the methodology.

The methodology requires the contractor to carry out 7 tasks, ranging from product definition to policy scenario analysis:


  • Task 1 – Scope (definitions, standards and legislation);

  • Task 2 – Markets (volumes and prices);

  • Task 3 – Users (product demand side);

  • Task 4 – Technologies (product supply side, includes both BAT and BNAT);

  • Task 5 – Environment & Economics (Base case LCA & LCC);

  • Task 6 – Design options;


  • Task 7 – Scenarios (Policy, scenario, impact and sensitivity analysis).

Tasks 1 to 4 can be performed in parallel, whereas 5, 6 and 7 are sequential.

The study started in July 2017 and is expected to finish in the spring of 2019. The table below gives an indicative timeline for the coming activities. The timeline is subject to change and may be updated during the course of the study.

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