Anticss: Anti-Circumvention of Standards for better market Surveillance

The ANTICSS project objectives are to assess and define "circumvention" in order to achieve a better product positioning in relation to the EU Ecodesign and Energy labelling legislation and relevant harmonised standards; including clear delimitation from other effects to facilitate unambiguous public communication.

ANTICSS aims to collect, analyse and learn from cases of circum­vention by literature research, dedicated expert research and interviews, by product testing as well as by analysing existing EU Ecodesign and Energy labelling legislation and standardisation for possible loopholes.

ANTICSS aims to provide evidence and guidance on how to better detect and prevent future circumvention; assessing impacts 'if' and 'how much' energy consumption and/or functional performance modifications could be ascribed to circumvention by conducting appliance testing.

Project’s further objectives are to define alternative test procedures or check lists with the aim to by-pass any possible measurement circumvention. ANTICSS provides practical capacity building measures for key actors of market surveillance and test laboratories, support communication and collaboration platforms between major stakeholders and provide policy recommendations for policy makers and standardisation bodies to prevent future circumvention under EU Ecodesign and Energy labelling.

ANTICSS project was also designed to provide reliability to manufacturers by specifying potentially vague legislation and standards which might be interpreted differently by market actors and some of them taking unfair advantages so far.

By overall awareness raising on circumvention among stakeholders, ANTICSS is supporting an effective EU legislation enforcement and thus increasing acceptance and trust of market actors and civil society into the Ecodesign and Energy labelling legislation.


Project coordinator:
Ms. Kathrin Graulich, Senior Researcher
Öko-Institut e.V., Postfach 17 71 | D-79017 Freiburg, Germany
Email: K.Graulich ATT