More inspections start soon

MarketWatch will soon kick off a second round of retailer inspections covering 110 physical shops in 11 countries and the same number online. Internet checks will follow physical checks this time round in order to vet for a change of rules for online labelling from January. Shops that scored badly last time will be visited again and negotiations with individual retailers and member state authorities continue. The campaign has added vacuum cleaners to the list of products to be checked following newly introduced labels for this product group. We’ll also be keeping an eye out for A class washing machines that should not be entering the market after December 2013, and that the standard cotton programme on tumble driers carries a ‘standard cycle’ indication required from November 2014.