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									EU Eco-label for personal computers
The Community Eco-label or "Flower logo" is the official mark in the European Union (EU) for products with the lowest environmental impact in a product range. Its aim is to promote, as well as to help consumers to identify those products which contribute significantly to improvements in relation to key environmental aspects. Participation on the scheme is voluntary. This means that products can be sold within the EU market without the Flower logo and that there are no regulations which oblige to apply for the Eco-label.

Product scope
According to Commission Decision 2005/341/EC (OJ L-115 04/05/2005) the product group ‘personal computers’ comprises computers designed for use in a fixed location consisting of a system unit, keyboard and display. It also covers system units, keyboards and displays designed for use with personal computers. Servers are excluded.

Procedure
When a product is included in the product group definition and complies with the published Ecolabel criteria, manufacturers, importers, service providers, trader or retailers who want to market their products in the EU, may apply for the Eco-label. For a product made outside the European Community, the application must be presented to a Competent Body of any of the Member States in which the product is to be or has been placed on the market. The application must include all relevant documentation to prove that the product complies with the ecological and performance criteria. The Competent Body will inform the applicant of the necessary documents that need to be submitted, the test results that must be provided, how they should be carried out, etc. After assessing whether the product conforms to the Eco-label criteria and that the application complies with the assessment and verification requirements set out in Commission Decision 2005/341/EC, the Competent Body will decide on the award the label. If the application is successful the Competent Body will conclude a contract with the applicant covering the terms of use of the label. Eco-labelled products can be marketed in all Member States. Once obtained, the holder has the choice of displaying the Flower logo on any part of the product. It can be used from the date it is awarded until the end of the period of validity of the criteria. Applications for the award of an Eco-label are subject to payment of a fee. In addition, there is an annual fee for the use of the label.

Requirements
In order to be awarded the Community Eco-label, personal computers must comply with the criteria set out in the Annex to Commission Decision 2005/341/EC referring to:

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Energy savings Lifetime extension Mercury content of a liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor Noise Electromagnetic emissions Take-back, recycling and hazardous substances User instructions Packaging Information appearing on the eco-label

The end of the period of validity of the criteria for personal computers will be 30 April 2009. Detailed information on the Eco-label scheme as well as a user friendly product fact sheet in several languages is available at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/ecolabel/product/pg_personalcomputers_en.htm

Legislation
  Regulation (EC) No 1980/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July 2000 on a revised Community Eco-label Award Scheme (OJ L-237 21/09/2000). Commission Decision 2005/341/EC of 11 April 2005 establishing ecological criteria and the related assessment and verification requirements for the award of the Community eco-label to personal computers (OJ L-115 04/05/2005).


								
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