Aerosol Dispensers Directive

FEA has always supported strict, yet flexible, legal provisions in the Aerosol Dispensers Directive (ADD) 75/324/EEC, one of the oldest EU legislations related to product safety in order to ensure a high level of safety for professional users and consumers.

The ADD 75/324/EEC includes specific requirements related to flammability and pressure hazard as well as a general obligation to analyse all hazards which could apply to a particular aerosol product. Based on such an analysis, the aerosol dispenser is designed, constructed and tested accordingly and meets the appropriate safety requirements concerning its use.

For example every aerosol product must be tested in a hot water bath (50°C), or an approved equivalent alternative, to guarantee that the aerosol dispenser is sufficiently pressure-resistant and remains virtually hermetically sealed. To help fulfil these obligations, FEA is also developing industry standards and guidance for both members (free of charge) and non-members.

The ADD 75/324/EEC followed an evaluation process. The ADD contains a coherent and user-friendly text incorporating the provisions related to all aerosol dispensers which has contributed greatly to an effective operating market for aerosols within the EU. It has also proven to be successful by providing a very high level of safety. The evaluation study concluded that the ADD is still highly relevant, effective, efficient and coherent. The ADD also provides EU added-values in relation to consumer protection and better functioning of the single market.

Recently, the EC Aerosol Dispensers Directive Working Group supported to initiate a new adaptation to technical progress in order to include updated provisions for plastic aerosols. FEA welcomes that discussion on a legislative proposal will follow without further delay.

FEA welcomes the Commission’s communication entitled ‘A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy’ as a step forward in the EU’s transition from a linear towards a circular economy. FEA’s vision for plastic aerosols fits into this strategy. Moving towards a circular approach can only be achieved through joint action by all stakeholders from the value chain. FEA is currently working with Petcore Europe to involve all relevant parties. A Plastic Aerosol Recycling Special Industry Group has been created early 2018. New technologies to further facilitate recycling and circularity are in development and should be widely available by 2020.

Additionally, FEA makes recommendations on small aerosols and reversed epsilon.