August 13, 2018

The following tool has been developed in the frame of the EEPLIANT2 project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

These guidelines are a further development of Best practices for ecodesign market surveillance produced by the participants of the predecessor project, ECOPLIANT. This, the April 2017, version of the guidelines includes content relevant to energy labelling.

The main target group for these guidelines are Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs). It is intended that these will give a valuable input on how to monitor, verify and enforce ecodesign and energy labelling requirements for energy related products.

However, the recommendations in these guidelines are not meant to infringe national legislation or national prioritisations. In addition, the recommendations are in many cases to be seen as good practices, and not always best practices, since it is not possible to define best practices that suit all Member States and all MSAs.

This document has been structured into two parts:

  1. Part 1 - This, the first area, provides an outline of the key elements of each Section in Part 2. Links are provided to enable readers to quickly access the corresponding full text in Part 2 of the Guidelines.
  2. Part 2 - Is the main area of the Guidelines.


The key objective of EEPLIANT2 is to help deliver the intended economic and environment benefits of the EU Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives by increasing the rates of compliance with the energy efficiency requirements. Seventeen Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) and a national agency from fifteen Member States work jointly to coordinate their monitoring, verification, and enforcement actions. In this regard, the project is expected to have a transnational impact across the EU Single Market.