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PR(09)68: Norway fails to implement a provision on aerosol dispensers laid down in Directive on quantities for prepacked products


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Norway for failure to implement a provision on aerosol dispensers as laid down in the Directive on nominal quantities for prepacked products.[1]

Whilst producers are, in principle, free to determine the quantities for their products according to consumer taste, it is in the interest of consumers that clear indications are provided regarding the actual contents of products contained in prepackages. Article 4 of the Directive contains an obligation on producers of aerosol dispensers to indicate the total capacity as well as the actual content of the dispenser measured by volume. The indications must be such as not to create confusion between the total capacity and the actual content of the aerosol dispenser.

Norway should have implemented the provision by 10 October 2008.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Norway fails to take satisfactory measures within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion. 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Tuula Nieminen
Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 58, or

Mr. Inge Hausken Thygesen
Press & Information Officer
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66 or (+32)(0)475 81 37 59


Brussels, 14 October 2009


[1]   Directive 2007/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007 laying down rules on nominal quantities for prepacked products, repealing Council Directives 75/106/EEC and 80/232/EEC, and amending Council Directive 76/211/EEC.

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