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.

Recently, the EC Aerosol Dispensers Directive Working Group met to discuss a new adaptation to technical progress in order to include updated provisions for plastic aerosols. In order to further assess the issue, FEA successfully led the PAIR project, a Plastic Aerosols Independent Review, which was jointly piloted by EC Services, Member States and FEA, while carried out by an external independent expert organisation. FEA welcomes that discussion on a legislative proposal will follow without further delay.

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.

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