Ecodesign status: Final regulation

Labelling status: Final regulation

Regulations 643/2009 and 1060/2010: Domestic refrigerators and freezers

Last updated: 30 January 2020

In December 2019, revised ecodesign and energy labelling requirements were published, taking effect on March 1, 2021.

The new requirements include:

  • Ecodesign requirements regarding resource efficiency, such as requirements for repairability, mandatory access to spare parts, and good recoverability.
  • New scale for energy labelling. The old scale from A+++ to G will be replaced with a new scale from A to G.


The ecodesign requirements and energy labelling scale are built on an "energy efficiency index" (EEI), which is the ratio between annual consumption of the appliance and a standard consumption of a typical similar model. 


Revised energy labelling requirements for this product group entered into force 2010. Labelling requirements were introduced in 1992 and according to the previous system, the best class was A. The scale was extended upwards with three new classes (A+, A++ and A+++).

Date Process Key documents
2018-12-10 Regulation approved

Final review: Proposal of regulation for ecodesign requirements (pdf), 
Annexes (pdf)

Final review: Proposal of regulation for energy labelling (pdf), Annexes (pdf)

2018-10 Proposals to WTO

Proposed ecodesign requirements (pdf)

Proposed labelling requirements (pdf)

2018-07-10 Final report

Study on the impact of a draft energy label on consumer understanding and purchase decisions for household refrigerating appliances (pdf)

2017-02 Final report

Optimal food storage conditions in refrigeration appliances (pdf)

2016-03 Final report submitted

Final revision report (pdf)

2014-01 Communication of implementation issued

Communication of the implementation of regulations 2005/32 and 1060/2010 (pdf)


Measurement methods for energy label (pdf)
Measurement standards ecodesign (pdf)
Measurement standards ecodesign corrigendum (pdf)

2010-12 Labelling regulation in force

Final labelling regulation (pdf)

None Entry into force

OJ L 191, 23.7.2009 (pdf)

None Study on domestic cold appliances

Final report (zip)

None Archived documents

Archived documents (zip)