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Following the publication of the Working plan for the Ecodesign Directive (2012-2014) the European Commission is pleased to announce the launch of a preparatory study on the product group "taps and showers".

The study is being developed by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Environmental, economic and technical information will be gathered, processed and used to form a common evidence base following the Ecodesign methodology. The aim of the study is to provide policy makers with evidence to assess if it is recommendable to take policy action, and if so, how to design a favorable mix of policy instruments.

JRC will undertake independent, neutral, science-based research and apply its ability to strongly involve stakeholder experts in the research through a structured technical working group process. During the preparatory study, various occasions for wide consultations are foreseen with experts and stakeholders of manufacturers, supply chain industry, consumer organizations and NGOs. The evidence base uses available scientific information and data, adopts a life-cycle approach and engages participants to discuss the issues and develop consensus.

If you would like to be involved in the consultation process, you are welcome to do so through this website, by registering as a stakeholder. The registered stakeholders will be regularly informed about the progress of the study, have access to preliminary results and draft documents and can respond to requests for information and/or participate at stakeholder meetings.

If you would like to contact us directly, we refer to the contact details of the project team.