[Version 2 | Date: May 2020]

Legislation, regulations and standards

Suppliers of goods and services to Essity must comply with all applicable laws and regulations.  The following list includes some, but not all, of the directives, legislation, regulations and standards applicable in the main markets where Essity does business. This list is not exhaustive and shall not relieve supplier of its obligation to comply with all legal and regulatory requirements applicable to the goods or services it provides.

It is supplier’s obligation to check and ensure that the most recent, up-to-date versions of the laws and regulations referenced here are identified and complied with.

International management and harmonized standards

  • ISO 9001 Quality management systems – Requirements
  • ISO 13485 Quality management systems for medical devices – Requirements
  • ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety
  • ISO 50001 Energy management Systems
  • ISO 14001 Environmental management systems – Requirements
  • ISO 14971 Risk management for medical devices
  • ISO 10993 Biological evaluation of medical devices
  • ISO 22716:Cosmetics — Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)


Product related directives and regulations


  • 93/42/EEC: Directive concerning medical devices
  • 2017/745/EC:  Medical Device Regulation (into force in 2021)
  • 2006/42/EC Machine Directive 
  • 94/62/EC: Packaging and waste directive
  • 1223/2009/EC: Regulation on cosmetics 
  • 1907/2006/EC: Regulation concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH) http://echa.europa.eu/
  • 1935/2004/EC: Regulation on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
  • 2001/95/EC: Directive on general product safety
  • 2011/65/EU : Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHSIII)
  • 2012/19/EU: Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) 
  • 2006/66/EC: Directive on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators 
  • 2008/1/EC: Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control
  • 2009/48/EC: Directive on the safety of toys 648/2004/EC: Regulation on detergents  
  • 2006/95/EC: Low voltage directive 
  • 528/2012/EC: Regulation concerning making available on the market and use of biocidal products
  • 1272/2008/EC: CLP Regulation
  • 2009/28/EC: Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources
  • 2019/1021/EU Regulation on persistent organic pollutants (POPs)



  • Consumer Product Safety Act 2008
  • FDA 21 CFR 820: Medical Device regulations 
  • FDA 21 CFR 176 – Paper and paperboard components
  • FDA 21 CFR 700- Cosmetics
  • FDA 21 CFR 310- New Drugs
  • The Medical Device Reporting (MDR) regulation (21 CFR 803)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act 
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. 
  • Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) 
  • California Proposition 65 – Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act


Australia/New Zealand:

  • TGO AS/NZS 2869-2008 Therapeutic Goods Order - Standard for Tampons 
  • AS/NZS ISO 8124 Standard on Safety of Toys   
  • NICNAS: National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
  • Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the Act). 
  • Australian Consumer Law (ACL) 
  • Australian regulatory guidelines for medical devices (ARGMD)
  • SEPA order no 7 of the Measures on Environmental Administration of New Chemical Substances, “China REACH”
  • CFDA: Order 650: Regulation on Medical Devices
  • CFDA: Regulations Concerning the Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics (1989)

System-related guidelines

  • BfR Recommendations on Food Contact Materials  
  • BfR Guidelines for the evaluation of Personal Sanitary Products
  • BfR Guidelines for the evaluation of Sanitary Papers 
  • IFS  Household and Personal Care Standard 
  • BRC - British Consortium Standards
  • GMP - Good Manufacturing Practice
  • GLP - Good Laboratory Practice


AOX - Adsorbable Organic Halides
AS - Australian Standard
BAT - Best Available Technology
BfR - Bundesinstitut for Riskobevertung (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Germany) 
BOD - Biological Oxygen Demand
CAS - Chemical Abstracts Service
CFDA - China Food and Drug Administration
COD - Chemical Oxygen Demand
Cpk/Ppk - Process capability calculations
CSA - Canadian Standards Association
EC - European Commission
EMS - Environmental Management System
FDA - Food and Drug Administration US
FSC - Forest Stewardship Council
GHG - Green House Gases
GMO - Genetically Modified Organisms
GMP - Good Manufacturing Practice
IFS - International Featured Standards
ISO - International Organisation for Standardisation
IPPC/BAT - Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control/Best Available Technology
NICNAS - National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
NZS - New Zealand Standard
PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes
REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
RSPO - Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil
SDS - Safety Data Sheet 
SEPA - State Environmental Protection Administration (China)
SFI - Sustainable Forestry Initiative
SPC - Statistical Process Control
TGO - Therapeutic Goods Order
TOC - Total Organic Carbon
TSCA - Toxic Substances Control Act (USA)